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ORIGIN OF THE NAME ..... xxiz 



. THE VESTRY-BOOKS - - - - 45 


■, OVERSEERS' BOOK - - - ■ - - I83 

, SURVEYORS' BOOK ...... 306 

:. BOOK OF EXAMINATIONS . . - - . 316 

I. THE NATIONAL SCHOOLS . - - - - 33? 

L THE CHARITIES ...... 340 

- THE WORKHOUSE ...... 357 

L BIOGRAPHY - - - - - 38o 


;. BETTS V. THOMPSON ■ • ■ ■ -301 


', EXTRA NOTES - - "335 

INDEX OF PERSONS- - ■ - "350 


NAMES - - - - - - 365 



The reader should, before he commences this book, turn 
to Chapter XV., in which the Author owns to his sins of 
" omission and commission," two errors in the foot- 
notes, and some cases of incorrect spelling of proper 
names having been discovered since the pages were 
printed off. 

The Author expresses his thanks to those gentlemen 
who have kindly helped him in bis labour of love, 
and if any are unnamed he is none the less under 
obligation to them for their assistance. To the Rev. 
Edward Howard Morton, M. A., for many notes of interest 
from the Registers and other Church Books; to the 
present Rector, the Rev. Evelyn Howard Morton, M.A., 
for permission to search the Registers for verification of 
dates and names; to Mr. Bearman, the Parish Clerk, 
for help freely given at all times ; to Mr. Hicks for the 
loan of the engraving from which the Frontispiece was 
taken; to our venerable Vestry Clerk, Mr. D. Norris, 
who has always been most anxious to assist in clearing 
up matters in doubt ; to Mr. James Barringer, whose 



lengthy experience of parish matters has been at the 
Author's disposal; to Mr. S. E. Lambert, for permis- 
sion to use his Lecture on " The History of Tooting- 
Graveney "; to Messrs. Gadsden and Treherne of Bedford 
Row (through Mr. Stickland), for the loan of the docu- 
ments made during the BeiU v. Thompson trial, of which 
free use has been made in the Manorial Chapter; to 
the Librarians of the "Guildhall" and "Memorial HaU" 
Libraries, for access to various works containing notices 
of the parish ; to the Vestry of this parish, for special 
permission to extract from their Minutes ; to Mr. J. H. 
Beckett, Mr. Wilfred Smith and Mr. Berger, for help with 
the Illustrations ; and last, and by no means the least, 
to Mr. J. Arnold Green, Mr. James Foster, Mr. Dinsdale, 
and Mr. W. Guy Johnson, for their help in reading the 
proof-sheets and for suggestions made. 

Easter^ 1897. 



Iff compiling such a work as this there is always a 
difficultf in deciding what material shall he used, and 
what discarded. 

It is impossible for anyone digesting the records of a 
parish, with a view to putting them into order, to avoid 
dwelling longer upon some points of its history than 
upon others. 

If there is evidence of such a desire in the present 
work, the reader is asked to be generous in his judgment 
rather than just. 

The village cannot claim to have produced any very 
remarkable personage ; but yet a perusal of the bio- 
graphies in Chapter XI. will convince the most sceptical 
reader that at least for its size Tooting-tGraveney has 
done well in this direction. 

Our Rectors have been men of sterling worth, honest 
preachers of the fVord, and shepherds of their flocks. 
One of them became a Bishop, and others have left 
memorials of their rectorate in Institutions, Schools, 
Church, etc. The Pastors of the congregation of Non- 

XIV Introdtution. 

conformists^ in the High Street y have been men of 
standing in their day. One of them^ Mr. Bowden^ rests 
under the shadow of our parish church ; and another^ 
Mr. Henry y in the disused graveyard at the back of his 
some time chapel. The old fiction that the celebrated 
Daniel Defoe was the founder of this chapel will not 
stand the fierce light of nineteenth-century research. 

Our Common^ over which have waged long and 
sturdy fights for ageSy is now saved for ever to the 
people^ and the wearied worker^ after his long day's 
workj can spend his evenings either in recreation or in 
contemplation of its beauties, knowing that the sacri- 
legious hands of the speculating builder will never cover 
it with bricks and mortar. True, the halo of romance 
which surrounded the old gravel-pit Sy with the danger 
from footpads y has departed. Great credit is due to the 
public-spirited conduct of those who fought the last great 
fight in connection with this common. 

Until the early part of the present century the quaint old 
churchy with its admixture of Romano-Britishy Saxon and 
Norman worky and its round tower with shingled steepUy 
was a landmark of the Christian faithy amid the sur^ 
rounding swampy fields and meadow-land. Its " iij 
small belles hanging in the steple for y' kyngs use " 
sweetly called the scattered villagers together for the 
worship of God. In fancy y to the sound of the " AngeluSy' 
one can see in the dim light of eventide the small proces^ 
sion of hooded monks wending their way from the moated 
Monastery to sing their " Ave Maria " in the village 
churchy or at midnight the longy thin procession of 
mourners conducting to their last resting-placey beneath 
the altar of the old churchy the remains of some city 

Introduction. xv 

magnate ; the flambeaux carried by those in the proces- 
sion appearing like a fiery serpent wending its way along 
the narrow roads and lanesy the bell tolling out in the 
cool air its message to the worlds that all that was 
mortal was being deposited in its last earthly home in 
**sure and certain hope.'* 

fVithin the hallowed walls of the little sanctuary ^ year 
after year, decade after decade, century after century, 
worshipped the devout villagers, their church being from 
time to time repaired, enlarged, or altered to suit the 
growing population around it. The church at that time 
would be provided with things needful for the proper 
conducting of public worship, and the administration of 
her sacraments. Previous to the Dissolution of the 
Monasteries by Henry VIII., and, in fact, as far back 
as 1368, Simon, Archbishop of Canterbury, had issued 
a decree in which he set forth the full list of ^'Articles 
necessary for Church use in the worship of God.'' Bad 
times came, Henry VIII. required money, and so laid 
hands upon the possessions of the Churches and Religious 
Houses. This will explain why, in the report of the 
^^ Kynge's Commissioners" (tempo Edward VI.), in 
referring to the absence of certain articles known to 
have been in use in the past, we are quaintly told that 
^"^ these parcelles were stowlyn away'' It is obvious 
they were often stolen away by their custodians, for 
fear that the king might require them for his own 
use. Some may have come back later on to their right 
use, but perchance others were hidden or buried away, 
and those who were instrumental in their being hidden, 
died, or even forgot where they had been put. Pious 
donors later on gave fresh vessels for the use of Gods 


XVI Introduction. 

service^ and some of these remain to this day^ having been 
in use for two hundred years. 

The parish was for the most part meadow-land of a 
swampy nature^ with small watercourses running through 
it. These made their way to the IVandU^ in Merton. The 
river Graveney^ which now at certain seasons of the year 
is dry^ thanks to drainage^ was one of the boundary marks 
of the parish ; but its course was altered some years ago^ 
and the trees which at one time stood upon its banks have 
recently been removed to make room for the modern villa. 
Truly y the hand of old Father Time has left its mark 
upon this village^ as it has done on many another 
around London. The old field and place names^ each 
of which to our ancestors had a distinct and definite 
meanings have given place to the modern street^ road^ or 

Only two of the old inns mentioned in the Records 
remain y viz.y the Mitre and the Castle. The Angel 
has been so altered in its rebuilding that it has com- 
pletely lost its identity^ while the Rising Sun set in a 
cloud of fire and smoke^ to rise no more. 

Of the private schools^ which at one time were the 
glory of the place^ none remain. One has become a 
branch of the Chelsea fVorkhouse, and the other a corn 
merchant's storehouse. A view of the latter will be seen 
on page xxii. 

The Manor-house, which stood on the very border of 
the Manor, and yet not in the parish, has been pulled 
down, and its grounds are now producing a crop of 
modern residences. 

Eight centuries have come and gone since the Conquest 
and the compilation of Domesday Book, and still Totinges 



remains ; but if another Domesday Book were compiled^ 
how different would be the description now given of 
the Manors of Toiinges^ then held by Hamo the Sherrif 
of the Abbey of Chert sey ! Verily 

" T%e old order cboMgethy yielding place to new J* 

Living in the memory of the past^ surrounded in fancy 
by the shades of those dead and gone^ those whose lives 
were spent in the confined limits of a Surrey village^ one can 
indeed live over and over again the life of the past^ sad- 
dened by the thought that the spirit of vandalism in the 
early years of this century did not permit of the preser- 
vation for our sighty if not use^ of the one historic 
monument which the parish possessed^ " the Old Church^ 

b 2 


Book or Examinations re Settlbmbnts: 1763-1818. 

Church Rate Book: 1838- iS;?. 

Churchwardens' Books : 1646-1687 : 1687-1742 ; 1744-1786; 1786- 

18031 1816-1826; ■838-1853; 1873-1896. 
Clerk's Notice Book for Church : 1818-1837. 
Minute Book of Auditors of the Parish: 1835-1836. 
Minute Book of Poorhouse Committee : 1814-1824 ; 1835-1834 ; 

Minutes OF National School: 1802-1834; 1824-1851; 1850-1863; 

National School Report Book of 1850-1863. 
Overseers' Books of Accounts : 1661-1693; 1693-1736; 1757- 

1766; i774-"777; 1777-1786! i793-'798; 1801-1834; 1824-1839; 

Poor Rate Books: 1838-1839; 1875-1896. 
Ratepayers' Meetings, Minutes of: 1855-1869. 
Registers of the Parish Church from 1555. 
Surveyors' OF Highways Books : 1654-1723; 1734-1760; 1811- 

1825 ; 1825-1839. 
Vestry Minutes: 1709-1765; 1765-1787; 1804-1819; 1819-1836; 

1836-1850; 1850-1855; 1854-1887; 1887-1896. 

"A Historfof Tooting-Giaveney." Leanic by S. £. Lambert. 1884. 
Allm : " London and Southwaric," four vols. 1837. 
"A New and Complete History of London." 1743. 
" A New Review of Londoa," and Supplement. 1732. 

XX Parish Records and Works Coftsulted ' 

Arnold, Frederick : " A History of Streatham." London : Elliot Stock. 

Ashton, John : " The Fleet, its River," etc. 
Aubrey : *' Natural History and Antiquities of Surrey." 17 19. 
Barnes : "The History of Fleet Marriagts." 

Besant, Sir Walter : " The Chaplain of the Fleet." London : Chatta 
Bewes : Wyndham Anstis, LL.B., " Church Briefs." London : A. and 

C. Black. 1896. 
Black : " Guide to Surrey.** 

"Bowden, Rev. James, Remains and Memoir of,** by his Son. 1814. 
Brayley : " History of Surrey.'* 1841. 
" Calendar of State Papers." 1667-68. 
Chainberlaine : '^ Survey of London." 1769. 
Chambers : ** Encyclopaedia,** ten vols. 

" Charities Register and Digest." London : Longmans. 1897. 
" City Biography." London: 1800. 
" Congregational Year Book." 

Curtis: "Outlines of English History." London: N.D. 
Daniel-Tysson, J. R.: " Inventories of Goods and Ornaments in the 

Churches of Surrey." 1869. 
Debrctt : " Peerage and Baronetage." 
" Defoe, Daniel, Life of," by Wright 1894. 
" Defoe, Life of," by Lee. 
" Defoe, Life of,** by Wilson, three vols. 1830. 
Dickens : " Reprinted Pieces." 
" Dictionary of National Biography." Edited by Leslie Stephen and 

Sidney Lee. London, V.D. 
Dugdale : " Monasticon Anglicanum." i8i7-3a 
Durand, Abb^ : ** Catholic Ceremonies." New York. 1896. 
Gasquet, Dr. : " Henry VIII. and the English Monasteries," two vols. 

London : Hodges. 
"Greater London.** Edited by Edward Walford, M.A. CasseH 

and Co. V.D. 
Green, J. R. : " Short History of the English People." Illustrated, 

four vols. Macmillan. 
Haydn's " Dictionary of Dates.*' London : Ward, Lock and Co. 
Hughson, David, LL.D. : " London, and Thirty Miles Round,* six vols. 

JUustrated London News, 1848. 
Lloyds : " Encyclopaedic Dictionary," seven vols. 
Lodge, Canon : " Scrivelsby, the Home of the Champions," 2nd 

edition. 1894. London : Elliot Stock. 
" London and its Environs,'* six vols. 1761. 

Parish Records and Works Consulted. xxi 

Longfellow : '' Golden Legend." London : N.D. 

Lysons : ''Environs of London/* 1811. Extra illustrated copy in the 

Guildhall Library. 
Manning (O.) and Bray (W.) : " History and Antiquities of Surrey," 

three vols. 1S04-14. 
Marshall : '' Topographical and Statistical Details of the Metropolis." 

Notes by ** Z " (Mr. J. Barringer) in The Parish Magaziru, 
Notes made by the Rev. Edward H. Morton, M.A., late Rector of the 

parish, both MS. and as printed in The Parish Maganne, 
Orridge : " Some Account of the City of London and its Rulers." 

1 060- 1 867. London : Tegg. 1867. 
Payne : *' Old English Catholic Missions." London : Bums and Oates. 

Pepys (Samuel), Diary of^ nine vols. Edited by H. B. Wheatley, 

F.S.A. 1895-97. 
" Percy Reliques." 

Salmond :" Antiquities of Surrey." 1736. 
Stahlschmidt : '' Surrey Bells and London Bellfounders." London : 

Elliot Stock. 1884. 
" St. Saviour's, South wark. History and Antiquities of," by the Rev. 

Dr. Thompson. 1894. 
" Surrey Archaeological Society Transactions." V. D. 
" Surrey Congregational History," by John Waddington, D.D. 1866. 
" The Ambulator." 1774-96. 
The Evangelical Magazine, 1 793- 1 850. 
The Gentlemof^s Magazine volumes. 
The Minute Book of the Independent Chapel. 
Times, The^ various volumes. 
Williamson, G. C, D.Litt. : ** Boync's Traders* Tokens," two vols. 

London : Elliot Stock. 
Wilson, Walter : " Dissenting Churches," etc., four vols. 18 14. 



Tooting Coner, from the Illustrated London News, 
1849. The house in the centre, at one time the resi- 
dence of Aldennan Plumbe, and afterwards Mr. Moyse's 
private lunatic asylum, was, in 1849, with the house to 
the left, in the occupation of Mr. Drouet, as an infant 
pauper asylum. Id January, 1849, an epidemic of cholera 
broke out, and as will be seen by the footnote to page 131, 
a number of deaths occurred. The Illustrated London 
News of that time gives the following description of the 
af&ir : " Mr. Drouet had under bis care from 1,400 to 
i,;oo children at the premises he occupied in the Broad- 
way. They were sent from various parishes, and a pay- 
ment at the rate of 3s. 6d. per week was made for iheir 
keep. Mr. Drouet occupies in all about fifty-two acres 
of land, about one-eighth of which is appropriated 
to the buildings and grounds of the asylum ; the elder 
girls' dormitories are in the two old family mansions facing 
the main road, a portion of which is occupied by Mr. 
Drouet and his principal officers. The boys are lodged 
in outbuildings extending on the right or north-eastern 
side about half-way down, and on the opposite side the 
entire length of the playground. Beyond there is a range 
of cottages, the dormitories of the elder boys close to a 
stagnant ditch. The detached buildings in the yard 
consist of seven distinct departments, and over these are 
dormitories for the younger children. The premises are 
flanked by ditches mostly foul and certainly of danger in 
aspotwherei,4ooor i.^oo children are located, and thus 
in the midat of a very crowded village." The medical 

xxiv Notes on the Illustrations. 


gentlemen engaged in the case decided that the epidemic 
was one of atmospheric poisoning. The drains of the 
buildings emptied themselves into an extensive ditch abut- 
ting on the ground. Inquests were held in connection 
with the deaths of the children, and in one case a verdict 
of manslaughter was brought in, at which the coroner 
expressed his approval. The house on the left of the 
picture was formerly Mr. Bicknell's school. The trades- 
men's entrance was where the man and boy are seen 
standing. The house stood back, with iron fencing and 
crescent-shaped wrought-iron gates ; the lamp in front 
of the sheds was at the comer of the green, now the 
Broadway. The house to the left of the central mansion 
is that now at the comer of Defoe Road, and was for 
many years occupied by Mr. Barringer ; previously it 
was the residence of Dr. Parrott and of Dr. Chapman. 
The sheds shown behind the gates were used by Mr. 
Barringer as a com house. They were previously the 
doctor's stables. 

2. MoLYNEUX Cottages and Old Gateway - - 20 

The cottages are still standing in " Pegasus'" Avenue; 
they were called Molyneux Cottages, as a gentleman of 
that name occupied the house in front of them. The 
gates were those which divided the two gardens occu- 
pied by Mr. Moyses, and were taken down by Mr. 
Barringer when he went to reside in the High Street 

3. St. Nicholas Church ----- 21 

This Illustration is taken from The Gentleman^ s Maga* 
zine^ July, 1792. It is described as being a fine specimen 
of architecture, partly Roman and partly Saxon ; the 
walls being from four to six feet thick. It had a round 
Saxon tower, the spire of which was composed of 
shingles, as will be seen from the vestry books. The 
chancel was added by Sir James Bateman, probably 
about 1700. Recently the family vault of William Ward 
was opened, and in the passage to it was discovered a 
stone tablet let into the wall, upon which is engraved : 

*'Octo 10.1709. The Lady Esther Bateman was 
buried. Oct 19 . 17 18 The Hon: S' James Bateman 
was in vaulted or buried, Mrs Judith Bouchier, daughter 
of Sir James Bateman, was buried March 24 . 1724." 

Notes on the Illustrations, xxv 


4. The Repertory ------ 29 

This document was found loose between the pages of 
a churchwarden's account-book, and is in a fine state 
of preservation ; it is written on vellum, and is fully 
described on pages 28 to 30. , 

5. The Fitzwilliam Brass ----- 32 

The oldest memorial in the church. There is no due 
to the reason for this brass being in the church ; but it is 
probable that Wm. Fitzwilliam, of Merton, was a tenant 
of the Dymoke family, who, like other lords of the Manor, 
owned property outside the parish. The arms are : 
Lozengy argent and gules (for Fitzwilliam) ; impaling . . . 
a fret . . . (for ). Crests: i. Out of a ducal 

coronet or, three ostrich feathers (for Fitzwilliam). I 
do not understand there being a second crest. 

6. Bateman Monument ----- 33 

This originally was on the north side of the altar, over 
the Bateman vault in the chancel. At the time the old 
church was pulled down (1833) it was stated in the faculty 
then obtained for the removal of the monuments from 
the old church, that the family could not be traced. The 
peerage was then dormant, and the family having no 
connection with the place at that time, no great pains 
were taken to trace them. Arms on monument : Or, on 
a fesse sable between three Muscovy ducks proper, a rose 
of the field (for Bateman) ; impaling, Argent, on a fesse 
between three crescents gules, as many fleur-de-lis or. 
Crest : On a wreath of the colours a duck's head and 
neck between two wings proper. 

7. The Old Church ------ 34 

Part of a picture by F. D. Harding, engraved by 
George Cooke in 1837. The full picture shows the moat 
with trees on either side. Photographs of this are in 
existence and should be inserted in extra illustrated 
copies of this book. 

8. Beadle's Staff ------ 43 

Hanoverian in design. It is in a good state of pre- 
servation. The arms are those of George III. (latter 
part of reign only). George IV. or William IV., the 
inner escutcheon, is simply the escutcheon of Hanover, 

XXVI Notes on the Illustrations, 


which, till the accession of Victoria, formed a part of the 
royal arms. There are two mistakes in the coat as 
painted: i. The bressure is omitted from the second 
quarter (for Scotland) ; 2. There ought to be either an 
electoral bonnet or a crown upon the shield of Hanover ; 
this would then decide the date more exactly. The very 
small escutcheon in the middle should show " the crown 
of Charlemagne " with which it was charged. 

9. Mr. Hick's Enclosure ----- 91 
Fully described in the text. 

10 and II. Enclosures . - - . 114-115 

Fully described in the text. 

12. The Old Rectory - - - • - 131 

Now " The Rosery " in the Mitcham Road, and shortly 
to be demolished, the land having been sold for building 
purposes. It is a low-pitched old house, and in the 
paddock Dr. Ravenhill was often to be seen riding 
around on his steady old horse in the early years of this 

13. The Rising Sun ------ 144 

The illustration is taken from a water-colour drawing 
painted in 1850 (now in the possession of the Author) ; 
in the background is seen the tower of the present 
church ; in the foreground the fountain, now, alas ! dry, 
athough even in recent years there was a steady flow of 
water from the Artesian well, sunk in 1823. The house 
was burnt down on February 11, 1867, and four persons 
perished in the flames. They ai« recorded in the registers 
as having been buried on the i6th, viz. : 

Thomas Porter, aged 60. 

James Tabby, aged 60. 

Richard Smith, aged 50. 

Richard Cutting, aged 68. 

14. The Angel -.---.- 200 

This ancient inn was pulled down in 1889 to make 
way for the modem building which now stands in its 

15. Parochial Schools - 227 

Fully described in the text 

Notes on the Illustrations. xxvii 


i6. Tooting Hall .--... 257 

17. Hill House - - - - - - 279 

The chapter devoted to the history of the workhouse 
fully explains these illustrations, and is a lesson in the 
art of acquiring public land for private use. A halo of 
romance has surrounded the Tooting Hall owing to a 
statement getting about that it was the residence of 
Daniel Defoe ; of course he could not have lived in a 
house which did not exist, and as this was built in the 
comer of a field under cultivation, there is no possibility 
of its having been erected upon the site of a previous 

18. Rev. William Henry - - - - - 285 

See Biographies. 

19. Dr. Oldheld ...... 290 

See Biographies. 

20. The Residence of the late Mr. W. Wombill - 294 

No excuse is needed for the insertion of this illustra- 
tion. It is that of a house built about 120 years ago ; it is 
quaint and old-fashioned, and narrowly escaped destruc- 
tion at the burning of the " Rising Sun" (see ante), 

21. Salvador House Academy .... ^xii 

This back view of Salvador House Academy, Tooting, 
Surrey, is inscribed to the parents and guardians of the 
young gentlemen educated at the Academy by their 
humble servant, John Walker, drawing-master, April, 

22. Mr. Gibling's House and Shop - . . 348 

A fine view of the Tooting Comer as some still re- 
member it. The new fronts have altered its appearance 

Map of the Manor, 1767 .... to fcux 17 


Charles Dickens, in his ''Walk in a Workhouse" ("Reprinted 
Pieces," London : Chapman and Hall), says : " It was agreeable, 
recollecting that most infamous and atrocious enormity committed at 
Tooting— an enormity which, a hundred years hence, will still be 
vividly remembered in the bye-ways of English life, and which has 
done more to engender a gloomy discontent and suspicion among 
many thousands of the people than all the Chartist leaders could have 
done in all their lives — to find the pauper children in this workhouse 
looking robust and well, and apparently the objects of very great 


There can be little doubt that the origia of the name 
" Tooting " is Saxon.* Black, in his " Guide to Surrey," 
claims that it was a settlement of the tribe of " Totiagas." 
In the Gentleman's Magazine 1779 to 1820 we find a 
loies of notes upon the origin of names of places, and 
amoog them is that of Tooting, to toot; that is, to look 
out, or peep oat. In Derbyshire the peas are said to 
tort; that is, peep out of the ground, hence the participle 

We also find the word " tooting " (or " touting ") used 
to indicate the inviting, and bringing of guests by servants 
to their master's house, and we can understand the term 
being applied to such a village as this, situate as it is on 
Uievery outskirts of London, with two main roads from 
Snney meeting in its centre — a good look-out place for 
either those who desired to secure visitors for their 
Diasters' houses (a subscriber points out that on former 
••lys traders came thus far to meet notabilities, thus 
•outing for orders, hence Tooting), or even for the high- 

* In the Aoglo-Saxon charters of the Abbey of Chertsey (666), 
ToQ(iog.Gnveiiey is designated Getinges. 


Origin of the Name. 

waymen and footpads who infested the commons and 
heaths around the Metropolis. In the same magazine, 
in 1792, a writer claims that the name was derived from 
the base service of the holder of the manor. It would 
infer that a meadow (t.^., ing) was held for looking out 
i^ooi)y as it was chiefly meadow-land. 

So much then for its name of Tooting.* In regard to 
the word Graveneyt we shall see the reason for its use 
after we have introduced the reader to the first survey of 
the land made by William the Conqueror, and chronicled 
in the Domesday Book. 

* Other forms of spelling will be noticed in reading the book, such 
as "Tutin," "Totinge," ** Tootling," etc. 

t John Aubrey, F.S.A., in his " Natural History and Antiquities of 
Surrey," 17 19, vol. i., p. 217, remarks : ^ In this Hundred lyes Towtu^^ 
which has the addition of Graveney^ to distinguish it from lower 
Towtingt or Towting Beck, It is situate on the high Road to Ebiskam 
(Epsom), but the Church stands in the Road to Mycham/* 




The parish of Tooting-Graveney is bordered on the north 
by Wandsworth, on the east by Streatham, and on 
the soDth and west by Mitcbam, the river Graveney 
being for some distance the boundary mark. The word 
Graveney, which occurs in most records, is probably 
derived from the name of Graveoel, a family which held 
considerable property here in the twelfth alid thirteenth 

There were two or three manors called Totinges at the 
time of the Conquest, besides that held in the gift of 
Richard de Tonbridge by the monks of St. Mary de Bee, 
and therefore styled the manor of Tooting-Bec. One of 
these manors is thus named in the Domesday Book, 
among the lands belonging to the Abbot of St. Peter's, 
Westminster : 

"The abbot holds Totinges which Swain or Sweyne 
* Brayley's " Surrey." 


2 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

held of King Edward, when it was assessed at 4 hides.* 
The arable land amounts to one carucatef and a half. 
There are two villains^ with half a carucate and three 
acres of meadow, in the time of Edward valued at 
40 shillings§ and the same at present, but when the abbot 
received it only at 20 shillings. Earl Wallef obtained 
this land from Swain after the death of King Edward and 
he mortgaged it for two marks of gold to Alnothus the 
Londoner, who gave his interest in it to St. Peter for the 
health of his soul. Odbert holds it of the Abbot exempt 
from payment of gold." 

This manor is supposed to have been joined either to the 
Tooting-Bec or Tooting-Graveney manor, the latter of 
which we now proceed to deal with, reproducing both the 
text and translation of the entry in Domesday Book, viz. : 

SvDRiE (Surrey). 
Domesday Book, — In Brixistan Hvndredo. Isdem 
Haimo tenet Totinges de abbate de Certesy. 
Pro vi hidis se defendebat (una vtrgata minus) 
tempore Regis Edwardi. Modo pro nichilo. Terra 
est iii carucarum. In dominio est una caruca. 

et iii. uillani et ii. bordarii cum una caruca. Ibi 
aecclesia, et iiii. acrse prati. Tempore Regis Edwardi 
ualebat xl solidos. Post xx solidos. Modo Ixx 

Isdem Haimo tenet in Totinges unam hidam de 
abbate de certesy. Osuuardus tenuit de rege 
Edwardo. Tempore Regis Edwardi xv solidos. 
modo X solidos. et potuit ire quo uoluit. Ibi est 
unus uillanus cum dimidia caruca. et una acra prati. 

* A hide is a portion of land — 60 to 100 acres. 

f As much land as a team (of four) can plough in a year. 

X A farm servant held the rights of freeman as regards others, but 
towards his lord was a serf, except that his lord had no power to put 
him to death, or any rights over his womankind. 

§ A Saxon shilling was worth about tivepence of our money. 

The Manor, 


Domesday Book. — In Brixistan (Brixton) Hundred 
the same Haimo* holds Totinges (Lower Tooting) 
of the Abbot of Chertsey. It was assessed for six 
hides less one virgatet in the time of King Edward ; 
now for nothing. The land is for three ploughs-J 
In demesne§ there is one plough ; and (there are) 
three villains and two bordars|| with one plough. 
There is a church ; and four acres of meadow. In 
the time of King Edward it was worth forty 
shillings ; afterwards twenty shillings ; now seventy 

The same Haimo holds in Totinges (Lower 
Tooting) one hide of the Abbot of Chertsey. 
Osward held it of King Edward, and could go 
whither he pleased. There is one villain with 
half a plough ; and one acre of meadow. In the 
time of King Edward (it was worth) fifteen shillings ; 
now ten shillings. 

During the reign of Henry II., 1157-1189, Hamo de 
Gravenel, evidently a descendant of Haimo the Sheriff, 
gave the manor and the advowson of the church to the 
Priory of St. Marie Overie. This gift was confirmed by 
Richard Toclive, Bishop of Winchester (ii74-ii89).ir 

A Richard de Gravenell** was witness to a deed con- 

♦ Sheriff of Surrey. 

t A yard of land ; otherwise, a rod or pole. X Carucates. 

§ Manor house and lands near, which the lord keeps for his own use. 

j One who holds a cottage at the will of his lord. 

^ See Chapter II. 

** *' I find one Recardus de Gravenille witness to a grant of 
Sibilla de Tingria, conferring (confirming) Balham to the Abbey of 
Becc, which was given to them by her ancestors. The other witnesses 
are Waltenis de Wendlesworth, Robertus de Wymbledon, and 
Robertas Persona de Stretham.*^ — Audrey, 

I — 2 

4 The History of Tooting-Graveuey. 

firming the manor of Balgham (Balham) to the Abbey 
of Bee. 

In 1216 the land at Tooting belonging to De Gravenell 
was given by King John to his chaplain, Denis. 

Probably De Gravenell had taken some part in the 
troubles between the King and his nobles, but he appears 
to have come to his own again soon after, for in the ** Testa 
de Nevill " it is stated that the heirs of Richard de Grave- 
nell held one knight's fee in Tooting of the Abbot of 

(Note. — Hamo de Gravenel has only one final / to his 
name. Richard has two.) 

In the time of Edward I.* (1284-1285) Bartholomew de 
Castello obtained for himself and his heirs in the manor 
a charter of free warren — that is, a royal franchise or 
permit to kill beasts and birds of warren on his lands at 
Toting. This included rabbits, hares, pheasants, and 
sundry other warren animals. 

Thomas de Lodelowef died in 1314 seized in deed I of 
the manor of Toting Gravenal, consisting of a capital 
messuage,§ garden, dovecote, 100 acres of arable land, 12 
of meadow, 5 of pasture, 4 of woodland, rents of assize,;! 
etc., held of the Abbot of Chertsey in captte^^ at half a 
knight's fee.** His son and heir was Thomas, aged four- 
teen years. 

♦ Chart. 13 Edw. I., No. 40. 

t De Ludlow. (See biographies.) The name Lodelowe is used here, 
and appears in the " Surrey Feet of Fines/' but the pedigree of the 
Dymoke family proves that the name was really Ludlow or De Ludk>w. 

% Having possession o£ § Dwelling-house and adjoining land. 

II Certain established rents of the freeholders and copyholders of 
the manor that cannot be departed from or varied, viz., quit rents. 

f In old English law a form of tenure by which the tenant-in-chief 
{in capite) held his lands direct from the Crown. 

** The most honourable form of service by which lands were held. 
In the reigns of Edward I. and II. a knight*s fee was valued at about 
j£20 and forty days* service. 

The Manor. 

In the fifteenth year of Edward III.* (1341-1342) Joan, 
widow of the above-named Thomas de Lodelowe,t was 
still alive, and had her dower out of the manor of Tooting- 
Graveney. She was seized for the term of her life of the 
manor held of the Abbot of Chertsey. There was a capital 
messuage worth nothing yearly, 42 acres of arable land 
valued yearly at los. yjd., 5 acres of pasture worth 5s., 
the price of the acre being I2d., and after the time of 
mowing they are worth nothing, because they lie in 
common ; J also 6 acres of pasture which is in severalty§ 
from Lady Day to August, and is worth 6s. yearly, and 
from August to Lady Day it lies in common. 

In 1394 II Katherine, the widow of Thomas De Lode- 
lowe, the younger, held the manor by a payment 
annually, on the Feast of St. John the Baptist, of a rose, 
and she dying in that year, it fell to her daughter, 
Margaret (being a grand-daughter of Joan), the wife of 
Sir John Dymoke,ir in whose family it remained for the 
next 200 years.** 

♦ Lambert. t Ludlow. 

X Cattle were turned out on the common fields after mowing. 

§ Not common land, the tenant having all rights of pasture, etc. 

II This couple are mentioned in the ** Surrey Fines." 

% Extract from the Dymoke Pedigree : ** Sir John Dymoke^ Knt., of 
Scrivelsby, Co. Lincoln, jure uxoris. M.P. for Lincolnshire, 46 and 47 
E. in. and i R. IL Champion^ jure uxoris ^ at Coronation of Richard ILy 
16 July, 1377. Died 16 April, 4 Ric. IL, 1381. Married Margaret^ 
dau, and heir of Sir Thomas Ludlow^ Knt.y Champion of England^ son 
of Sir Thomas Ludlow, by Johanna his wife, dau. and heir of Philip 
Marmiony Lord of Scrivelsby, and widow of Sir Henry Hillary, Knt. 
Aged 23, A** 23 E. III. Died 26 March, 2 Hen. V." 

** Jane or Joan, the youngest of Sir Philip Marmion's four daughters, 
widow of Sir Thomas Ludlow, was the mother of Thomas Ludlow, 
whose daughter married Sir John Dymoke. Joan remarried to Sir 
Henry Hillary ; he held the Scrivelsby and Lincolnshire estates with 
the championship till his death, when they v^ent to Lady Margaret, 
his wife's grandndaughter, and she was the founder of the Dymoke 
esutes.** — '^ Scrivelsby, the Home of the Champions," by Canpn Lodge, 
Second Edition, 1S94. ** See biographies. 

6 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

In 1547,* at the view of frankpledge (a court-leet held 
by the steward of the manor, at which all freemen met 
and mutually guaranteed each other's good behaviour), it 
was agreed that no cattle should be put on the common 
fields between the Feasts of St. Mary and St. Matthew, 
penalty los. ; hogs to be yoked and ringed, penalty los. 

In I555t fines were inflicted for cutting furze off the 
common lands, including Richard Blake, of the lordship 
of Tooting-Bec, in the parish of Streatham. The Rector 
of Tooting-Graveney had to make a certain gate between 
the highway and the common field, on this side of the 
Feast of St. Andrew, or forfeit the sum of 6s. 8d. ; and no 
tenant or under-tenant to keep more than five sheep for 
each acre of land, and two beasts for one acre of land, 
within the common fields, or forfeit 3s. 4d. 

In 1557 it was directed that they of Upper Totinget 
shall fetch no gravel within the lordship, neither were 
they to sell furze, upon pain of 3s. 4d. for each offence. 

"That where Edward Sere, WilPm Smythe, Will'm 
Heron, and John Blake did distreyne xvii sheepe of the 
p'sons of Totinge-Graveney for damage and hurte doinge 
one the comon of Totinge-Graveney and woulde have 
had them to the Lord's Pounde. And the same p'son§ 

(xij^), John Fisshe (xij^), and Hubberd (xii*^), 

widdowe, did rescue the same distresse so taken. 16 isse 
in *fnia. 

" Item that the said John Fysshe (xii^) did break the 
sayd pounde the xix^^ day of May last and took out xvii 
sheepe then therin impounded for damage and hurte 
doeinge. Id isse in 'mia. 

" Item the sayde John Fisshe (xii^) and the sayd woman 
(xii<*) the xxi^^ (sic) day of May last did lifte the sheepe of 
the sayd p'sons ov the pounde w^ were impounded by 

* 1547 to 1 7 14 are chiefly from Mr. Stickland's notes. 

t View of frankpledge held by the feoffees of William Dymoke. 

X Tooting-Bec. § Parson. 

The Manor. 

the p'isbioners for doeinge hurte in the said comon of 

" Item that the sayd John Fysshe i^vfi) the first day of 
Jane last did rescue when a horse and a mare were brought 
to the pounde by Robte Smythe and taken for in damage 
jesaunte* in the coi&on of Totinge-Graveney. 16 tsse in 


The same year it appears that the parson had en- 
croached upon the Lord*s ground and the King's highway, 
going to Mitcham, in making ditches beside the parson's 
half-acre. He was commanded to fill them up by HoUan- 
tide, under a penalty of los. Also, it was provided that 
the same parson " suffer none of his cattell to go in the 
common, or in the lane, upon payne of every horse and 
cow iii* iiij<*, and every sheepe and hogge iii* iiij<*, as often 
as they be taken." Also that '' Elizabeth {zo^) Pakeham, 
Thomas (20^) Veham, Henry Colston (20^), and Richard 
(20<*) Blake cut furze in the Lord's Common contrary to 
the penalty at the last court. And that Elizabeth (20<^) Pake- 
ham, Thomas (i2<*) Veham, Robert Godman (i2<*) Thomas 
(12^) Astleton, Henry (12^) Colston, and Richard Colston 
(12^) dug one hundred cartloads of gravel in the Lord's 
Common to the value of 20* contrary to the penalty at the 
last court. Therefore they are in mercy. And they are com- 
manded to amend it under pain for every cartload of (12^)." 

In 1559 there was a presentment " that the Rector of 
Totinge permits his cattell, to wit, hogs and sheep, to 
wander in the common, contrary to the pain (set) at the 
last court, therefore he forfeits that pain« viz., 3s. 4d., 
but, by favour of the court, it was turned to amercement, 
viz., 2od." There was a further presentment " that the 
aforesaid Rector of Totinge did not fill up the pit which 
he dug in the highway. He is commanded to fill it up by 
Christmas, under a penalty of 20s., but, by favour of the 
court, it is turned to amercement, viz., 2od." 

* A corruption of issuant, probably damage to vegetation. 

8 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

John Butts, of Upper Totinge, Robert Lusye, Gent., 
and John Lawson, carried away gravel and furze. They 
to pay the fines (3s. 4d.) per load. 

In 1561 the Rector of Tooting was again ordered not 
to permit his beasts to wander in the Lord's commons or 
lanes, under a penalty of 4d. each time ; and whoever 
took the beasts to the Lord's grounds was to have 2d. of 
such 4d. 

In 1565,* "henceforth no tenant or any other shall put 
any hemp, called * hempe,' in the water where the gravel- 
pits are made within the Lord's common of Totinge- 
Graveney at any future time, under pain of forfeiture to 
the Lord of the Manor for every such offence of 20s." 

In 1568, ** that John Buttes surcharges the Lord's 
common with geese, to the great injury of all the tenants 
of this Manor. Therefore he is commanded that hence- 
forth he shall not drive nor pasture his geese there at any 
time hereafter, under pain of forfeiting to the Lord for 
every goose 2d., as often as he shall be taken." Further- 
more, " it is commanded to the ale tipplers that they 
shall not take within the Lord's common more than a 
hundred of furze each of them in each year following, 
under pain of each of them doing to the contrary forfeiting 
to the Lord 4od." 

In 1569, " that Robert Lewesey enclosed the fifth part 
by estimation of the two commons, called Totinge 
Comon, belonging as well to the Manor of Totinge- 
Graveney as to Totinge-Beke, and that the tenants and 
inhabitants within the Lordship had that common where 
he enclosed it from time whereof the memory of men is 
not. And that the aforesaid Robert Lewsey (Wc) sur- 
charged the rest of the common aforesaid with his cattle, 
to the grievous damage of all the tenants of the Manor, 
and against the statute therefor provided. Therefore he 
is commanded that hereafter he do it not henceforward 

* First Court of Robert Dymoke. 

The Manor, 

at any time, under a penalty of twopence for every beast 
as often as is." 

In 1570, " it is ordained and decreed that if anyone 
henceforth surcharges the Lord's common and has 
nothing of common there of right, everyone so doing 
shall forfeit to the Lord for every five sheep one penny, 
and for every cow twopence, and for every horse or mare 
twopence, as often as they shall be so taken." 

In 1571, " that William Heron grubbed a parcel of the 
waste of the Lord lying by Le Frierne Close, leading 
from Maningates* towards the Heathe, containing by esti- 
mation sixteen roods of land in length, to the grievous 
damage of the Lord and the tenants of this Manor, and 
(it is ordered) that he cause it to be amended, and put 
back the metes and bounds of the hedge as they were of 
old time, under a penalty of twelvepence for every yard, 
on this side the Feast of SS. Philip and James the Apostles 

(Note. — For several years the only subjects dealt with 
at the view of frankpledge were digging gravel and loam, 
removing furze and undergrowth, and grazing of cattle, etc.) 

In 1576 all persons having lands adjoining the common 
were to fence them, at a penalty of I2d. for every yard. 

In 1587, "that John Widopp, gentleman, encroached 
upon the Lord's waste in moving the pale in the place of 
Totinge about eighteen inches in breadth and about thirty 
feet in length. Therefore he is in mercy and has a day 
to amend it on this side the feast of St. Michael next, or 
to compound with the Lord of the Manor for it." 

"Also Roger Tompson of Micham cut rods, to wit, a 
burden of rods worth 4d., on the grove by le Howe — he in 
mercy 3s. 4d. And that Alan Langshawe of Totinge-Beke 
cut poles in the Lord's land called Busshe Downe— he is 
in mercy 3s. 4d." 

In 1589 it was ordered " that the little lane on the south- 

* Many gates. 

lo The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

west part of the church be enclosed by the inhabitants, 
with a gate, at their charges." There was a presentment 
'' that four trees called elms^ against the churchyard belong 
to the Lord of the manor, and pertain to the Lord because 
they grew on the Lord's waste. Therefore it is commanded 
to the baillif to take them to the use of the Lord, and that 
the Lord ever afterwards shall make the enclosure of the 
hedges thereof." The name of John Finche appears as 
owning property. 

In 1590 " that Robert Wymple, of Streteham, unjustly 
and without right, entered into the Lord's lands called 
Tooting Heathe, and took and carried away fishes, to wit, 
eels, being in the ponds there, to the value of los." 

About 1593 Queen Elizabeth granted the manor to 
James Harrington,t who did not hold it long, passing it in 
1597 to Henry Maynard, Esq., J afterwards Sir Henry, 
secretary to the famous Lord Burleigh. 

It would appear that about 1600 Queen Elizabeth paid 
a visit to this village, and it is certain that she was enter- 
tained by Sir Henry Maynard. At the death of Sir Henry 
the manor became the property of his second son, Sir 
John, K.B., who died in 1658, and was succeeded by his 
son. Sir John, Kt., who died 1664. ^^^ daughter, Mary, 
was the wife of Sir Edward Honeywood, Bart. 

In the Sidney Papers, vol. ii., p. 210, Rowland White, 
in a letter to Sir Robert Sidney, says : " The Queen re- 
moved on Tuesday to Tooting." The magnificent avenue 
of trees upon the common was planted during her visit. 

In 1600 "the parson, Mr. John Bonde, was presented 
for incroachinge betwene Vicar's Busshes and the Lorde's 
grounde, called Geryes meade. Therefore he hath daie to 
amend the same before Mihelmas {%ic) next, uppon paine 
for every rood undon I2d." In the same year it was 

♦ Worth 20s. 

t He held a view of frankpledge in 1595. 

X Held view of frankpledge, 1 598. 

The Manor. 1 1 

ordered that '' no forriners (that is, non-parishioners), 
shall neither comon nor kepe any cattell in the common 
filde, appon paine to forfet, for every kinde of cattell, 2d." 

In 1601* two of the homage of the manor were styled 
gentlemen, and four were described as yeomen. In that 
year three persons^ were fined 4d. each for taking fish (to 
wit, eels), out of the gravel-pits, and three J other persons 
were fined 2s. each for a like offence. 

In 1605 penalties were imposed on all the inhabitants 
of Totinge-Bec, if they cut furze on the common of 

In i6o9§ it was ordered " that every father of a family 
(householder) shall have to his use yearly 100 bundles of 
gorses " — in English, one hundred bavyns of furrs. Thus 
we find the old words *• bavin *' and " furze " are Saxon 
words, while " bundle " and ** gorse" are Norman- French. 
In this year, for the first time, the name of the Manor is 
spelt Tooteinge and Tooting. 

" That William Wauverton, gent., incroached from the 
waste of the Lord called How layne a certain parcel of 
land containing in length two roods by estimation and in 
breadth one foot and a half at the lower end and three 
quarters of a foot in the middle of his pale there. He 
shall remove his pale on this side the feast of St. Michael 
under pain of 5s." " From August to the following May in 
every year no furze to be cut under a penalty of I2d. per 
bundle, or los. per cartload.*' At this court it is granted 
by the Lord of the Manor, with the consent of the 
homage, that "John Hazelbrigge, gent., shall hold inclosed 
to hhn and his heirs one parcel of wast, in breadth two 
)rards and two feet towards the west and two feet towards 
the north, and in length twenty-seven yards, as it now 
lieth enclosed on the south part of the messuage of the 

* Jonas Waterhouse, Esq., Steward, held the view of frankpledge. 

t Walter Curtis, Leonard Bonham, Edward Teere. 

\ John Livesey, Thomas Paine, Roger Atkinson. 

§ John Milner, Steward, held the view of frankpledge. 

12 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

same John in Tooting aforesaid, rendering therefor yearly 
to the Lord and his heirs two shillings of lawful money 
of England at the feasts of St. Michael and the Blessed 
Virgin by equal portions." 

"John Worledg, gent., had granted of the Lord's waste 
two feet towards the west, eight towards the east, and in 
length twenty-seven yards, on the south side of bis 
messuage, 2s. to be paid as in the other case.*' (John 
Wydupp, gent.,* appears to have held the Court Baron 
this year.) 

In 1612 (Court Baron of Richard Coxe,* Kt.), " John 
Heringman, charged with keeping strange sheep on the 
Common and in the Common fields, amerced at los. 
William Kearne of Streatham also did so, he to pay 
6s. 8d. William Wauverton had not removed his pales 
(see anic)^ he to pay 5s. Richard Cowdry, gent., had 
enclosed waste, he to remove the same or forfeit 20s." 

In 1627 (James Dawbeney, gent.. Steward), Ordered 
" that the inhabitants do not cut furze." 

In 1660, at a Frankpledge and Court Baron of Lady 
Mary Maynard,t widow, relict of John Maynard, knight, 
" It was presented that William Boulton,! Alderman and 
Sheriff of London, encroached upon the King's highway, 
in Tooting-Graveney, aforesaid, by erecting posts and 
rails in length twelve yards or thereabouts. And he is 
amerced for the same in I2d., and they pain him in 20s., 
if they are not removed before the first day of May next 
to come, to be forfeited to the Lady of the Manor afore- 
said. Also they present Edward Dudson, gentleman, for 
enclosing an ancient footway leading to the lands of the 
aforesaid Edward Dudson, near the King's highway there 
towards le Howe, to the common hurt. And he has a day 
to open the same as it was heretofore accustomed before 

* Acting as lords for Lady Maynard. 

t This was a daughter of Sir Thomas Middleton (brother of Sir 
Hugh), Lord Mayor of London, 161 3. ^Bolton. See biographies. 

The Manor. 13 

the first day of May next, under pain of 20s. to be forfeited 
to the Lady of the Manor aforesaid, or otherwise in con- 
sideration thereof to carry away and lay twenty cartloads 
of gravel in the lane adjoining the premises aforesaid 
where it is most needed. Also they present that James 
Buckingham erected and continued one cottage and en- 
croached upon the Common of Tooting-Graveney aforesaid 
without the assent or consent of the Lady of the Manor 
aforesaid." It was also ordered, with the assent of 
the Lady of the Manor, " that, in consideration of the 
payment of 25s. to the use of the poor of the parish of 
Tooting, and of 8d. yearly to be paid to the Lords of the 
manor, Josua Geeringe,^ his heirs and assigns, might 
enclose a small piece of waste ground in the manor ; also 
that the Lady of the Manor aforesaid inclosed a certain 
piece of waste ground between the enclosure in English 
' the pound ' and the mansion house of Margaret Ives, 
widow, in Tooting-Graveney aforesaid, without the assent 
or consent of the tenants of this Manor." 

John Willson was elected by the homagef " to be 
keeper of the field and common, and they gave him for 
his salary as follows: — For every beast w*Mn the same 
mannor and parish to be found trespassinge upon the 
common after the ist day of November as followeth : For 
every horse, mare, geldinge, or cowe, iiijd. ; and for the 
same cattell of every stranger, js. ; for every hogge un- 
ringed, iiijd. ; and for every hogge ringed, ijd., if they be 
taken upon the comon or elsewhere ; for every scoare of 
sheepe, 6d., and soe after the same rate for fewer, and 
double to strangers. And that the same ffeild keep and 
comon keep shall have lib'ty and power from time to time 
to impound the same cattell, w^ are there to remaine 

♦ Gearing. 

t Those who pay homage to the Lord of the manor (Edward 
Dudson, gent ; Josua Geering, gent ; George Endebrooke, Edmund 

14 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

untill the same penaltyes be pay'd and the partyes tres- 
passed satisfyed for the wronges done unto them." It was 
further provided " that every howseholder w*Mn this manor 
shall take of the comon, for his and their owne use» one 
load of firses for the yeer next to come and noe more, 
and soe yeerly soe longe as they will hold, provyded 
that none of them be putt to saille to any person or 
pdons whatsoever upon payne of xxs. for every loade to 
be sold as aforesaid, to be forfeited to the Lady of the 
Mannor, and that the poore of this parish w^ caonott 
compasse a loade may fetch bundelles for their onne 
use and not to sell them to any out of the parish, upon 
payne of iijs. iiijd. for every bundell, to be forfeyted to the 
Lady of the Manno*", and the buyers thereof to be lyable 
to the like peanalty." 

In 1665, Josua Geering. on payment of 30s. to the poor 
and a rent of 6d. per annum, was allowed to enclose a 
further parcel of waste. John Hebdon was to be allowed, 
on payment of 45s. to the poor of the parish and a yearly 
rent of 8d., to enclose a piece of waste, he erecting a 
brick wall or pale not exceeding six feet in height. 

In 1668, Richard Hampton was sworn as Common- 
keeper, the Court Baron confirming the rewards and 
orders as of the previous keeper. 

In this year it was discovered that the consumption of 
furze was too large. It was therefore agreed by all the 
homage, and divers of the inhabitants of the manor, that 
no furze should be cut from the common for the space 
of three years except on the N.E. side of the Cawsey 
(Causeway) leading from Tooting-Bec to Streathame. 

In 1683, at view of Frankpledge and Court Baron of 
Francis Pemberton, Knight, Sergeant-at-Law, and of 
Christopher Cratford, gent.. Lords of the Manor, before 
Charles Blount, gent., Steward, Imprimis^ " Wee do hereby 
choose and elect Richard Archer, pound-keeper, ffeild- 
keeper and comon-keeper for the said Manno^, and for the 

The Manor. 15 

good of the Toune and Manno^ aforesaid, have ordered 
as followeth — Wee agree that the common ffeild belong- 
ing to this parrish and Manno^ shall be opened by the 
said ffeild-keeper every yeare as soon as the corne and hay 
shall be carried away. Item wee do order and agree that 
the said fifeild-keeper shall take care as much as in him 
lyes that no ffurres growing upon the comons of Tooting- 
Graveney be felled or carried away by any stranger, and 
that if he doth know of or can discover any stranger that 
shall cut or carry away any such furrs that he shall 
discover the same to the constable who shall give him for 
his pains for every one that he shall discover twelve pence, 
and that the constable shall att the chardge of the parish 
cause accons to be brought at lawe against such p'sons as 
shall cutt or carry away the said ffurrs." 

A presentment was also made against the Parishioners 
of Streatham taking sand, etc., from the Tooting-Graveney 
Common ; the " homage " claiming the right only of 
Tooting- Graveney to such digging and removal. 

The manor of Tooting-Graveney subsequently was held 
by Sir Paul Whichcote, Bart., who, in 1694, obtained a 
private Act of Parliament, enabling him to grant Leases 
for 99 years of the manor. 

In 1699 Sir Paul held a Court Baron, when it was 
declared that "no person, except parishioners, should turn 
out animals on the commons, penalty 5s. No person to 
cart or bring any furze off the common, penalty los. No 
person outside the Manor to cut furze, penalty is. per 
bundle. Every cow or horse pounded as trespassers in 
the common fields shall pay 6d. per head, and the damage 
to the owner of the ground, and every parishioner shall 
pay IS. per head and damage to the owner. The owner 
of every hogg unringed 4d., only inhabitants, not renters 
of land, to turn cattle out." 

From about the year 1700 the regulations for confining 
the commonable rights of the manor to the copyholders 

1 6 The History of Tootin^-Graveftey. 

and parishioners are much more strictly and stringently 
set out, declared, and enforced, and for the first time a 
distinction is made between inhabitants holding of the 
manor, and other inhabitants holding land, but not 
tenants of the manor. 

In 1709 it was provided " that if any person carry any 
ffurs from the comon in a cart, waggon, or waine, or any 
other way, except on the shoulders of men, women, or 
children, shall forfeit the sum of los." That, *' if any 
forreigners fetch any bundle of ffurse of from the comon 
on horse, cart, waggon, or any other way, shall forfeit, 
for every such load that shall be carried away, is., and 
for any that shall carry away in a cart, xxs." A fine of 
2s. 6d. was imposed for any distempered, infectious, or 
diseased horse turned on the common. Foreigners turn- 
ing cattle on the common were to be fined 5s. a day. 
Parishioners taking foreigners' cattle, and turning them 
on the common with their own, were to pay los. a week 
for every 20 sheep, and the same for every horse or cow. 
No gravell was to be taken off the common, except such 
as be laid on the Queen's highway, on forfeit of a penny for 
every load, and no turf, loam, or earth, to be removed, with- 
out the consent of the Lord, on pain of 2d. for every load. 

By indentures of lease and release, dated the 22nd 
June, 1714, Sir Paul Whichcote sold and conveyed the 
manor to Sir James Bateman, Bart.* His son sold the 
manor and his property in the parish in 1725 to Abraham 
Atkins, who in 1727 sold it to Percival Lewis,t of Putney, 
for ;f 15,650. 

In 1741, at a Court Baron of Percival Lewis, Esq., 
John Mann (Man) acknowledged that he held freely by a 
yearly rent of is. to the Lord, relief, fealty, suit of court 
and other services, one messuage and 12 acres of land, and 
also by payment of 9^d., etc., 3 other messuages lately 

* See biog^phies. 

t He died 1762, and left the manor to his wife Abigail. 

^. V 



'. .V * 

i. •-' 


ir'-'J J^^^ 


7/t Che ho&sessioii 

The Manor. ly 

Coldhams'y and pays 3 years' arrears. John 
pays four years' arrears on property held by him. 
iEleuior Stephens pays one year's quit-rent, iis. 2d. 
Morine pays 6s. 8d. for 5 years' quit-rent Mr. 
id Lodge pays is. 2d. for 14 years' quit-rent.* 
Cover, William Haniley, Thomas Miles, Anthony 
iThos. Brooks, Frances his wife, and Elener Bayne, 
fp were to be distrained on, for relief and fealty. 
^44, at Court Baron of Percival Lewis, James Varley, 
\t Thomas Ansell, Headborough, Samuel Taylor, 
Wd Common-keeper, did not appear. John Loringe 
Constable, Joseph Akam, Headborough,Thomas 
I, Pound and Common-keeper and Aletaster. 
ted ''that John Arthur holds a cottage built 
waste of the Manor, near the sign of the Mitre, 
part of the waste lying next the cottage, with- 
tve of the Lord of the Manor ; but the said cottage 
pejgted by permission of James Bateman, Esq., then 
I. of the Manor for the term of his natural life only." 
flso pulled down two cottages on some waste ground, 
planted a lease for 2,000 years of 60 by 40 feet of 
:e ground to John Man, John Willmott, and John 
» he not having the power to do so. John Colt had 
eodosed 5 or 6 rods in How Lane, without permission 
ke Lord of the Manor. 

L 1752 Percival Lewis granted certain lands to Joseph 
ador, severing them from the manor. 
i vfirjt Abigail Lewist sold her late husband's estate 
liblic auction, and the Manor was purchased for £770 
klofigan Rice, a distiller, at whose death, 1795, it 

httt of " The Castle." 

Lot 8, Park House and the six brick houses, formerly almshouses 

iOuuiX ^ Mr. Morgan Rice for £1^^* Lot 20, the Manor and its 

I, fett, etc., also two copyhold houses in the High Street, at the 

fer of Pesasus's Avenue, was sold for £no to Mr. Morgan Rice. 

I9 tlie Manor house, partly in Streatham, was sold to Mr. Walker 



z;'". Tin DO 

Charles Pz.i. izz fr:= h:~ 

in turn, soli :: :3 R:-ss G:r 
who resided a: Tzciizz L-' 

.evii :: ?■?:. Fli::. tbea w 
:: ?-rr. He=~" EiHsj. who. 

■s. Hi; ;:-. ;f the 

name, who lived a: Gr:vi H:-?e =:»- St. L«;:;ard'ii. 
sold it in 1661 to \V. Ja~ei Th:-r^-= f-^- sboui /-•.coo, 
who also lived at Tooiir.s Lc^ss. a=i he :n :nm soMthe 
manorial rights to the Meirepolitsn Beard of WorkJ. 

In i8i2 the first general Co!:n Baron cf Rees Gorinf 

Thomas, Esq., was held at The Castle. "The Lord of 

the Manor in person informs the court that in coese- ^ 

quence of the accidental death of John Harwwd, c'eri = 

H.M, Dockj-ard, by being thrown from his chaue -.M 

one of the gravel-pit ponds on the common on A fjill^, 

l8li, a Deodand-^ accrued to Henr>- Baring, i?-^-^^ 

then Lord of the Manor, which Deodand was tr" 

at the sum of is., and the same waspu^ 

of the deceased to the present I " ' 

the late Lord of the Manor,^ 

* Died 1795. intesiaie. 

t Lai. D.V dajid 

caused by acciiienc 

Crown ora 

The Manor. 


jbrcns the court that he has purchased the Manor of 
tir>- BariQg, Esq." 
■Note, — The details of the encroachraeots on the rights 
he people about this time will be found under the 
tstr)' Minutes.) 

1822 the general Court Baron of John Gurney and 
lOmas Hovell.* Rees Goring Thomas, Esq., is men- 
med as Steward. 

[(Note. — The freeholder of The Castle describes one 
e room as '" the sot's hole." He held the property at 
quit-rent of id. per annum.) 

In 1827 and 1830 they held Courts at the " Rising Sun." 
In 1831, " by an Indenture of Release " on the pari of 
the trustees, widow and children of the late Rees Goring 
Thomas, all the Freehold Estates and Hereditaments in 
the county of Surrey of the deceased Rees Goring Thomas 
were confirmed to his son, of the same name. 

In 1833 a Court Baron of Rees Goring, Morgan, and 
George Thomas, Esqrs., was held at the " Rising Sun." 

In 1861 Tooting Lodge, with about 20a, of land, orna- 
mental water, etc; also three copyhold houses, with four 
cottages in the rear, rented by Mr. Hy. Molyneux; together 
with the Manor of Tooting-Graveney. its fines, quit- 
rents, reliefs, free rents, heriots, and profits from the sale 
of gravel, sand, loam, and turf, estimated at ^fioo per 
innnm, were offered for sale. 

In iS62, by Indenture between Rees Goring Thomas 
liie elder, and Rees Goring Thomas the younger, and their 
jf conveyed the Manor to William James 
" e from all incumbrances. 
old the common in trust for 
Tie future no fear that the 
r assert their rights to cora- 

\ with order (o sell ihe 
f Rees Goring Thomas, who 



As will be seen by the extract from Domesday Book in 
the opening chapter, there was at that time (1086) a 
church in the manor. The Anglo-Saxon charters of the 


Abbey of Chertsey in 666 record its possession of the 
manor of Getinges. 

The church is dedicated to St. {Nicholas, the patron 
saint of Russia. He was Bishop of Myra, in Lycia, and 
Metaphrastes states that he was imprisoned under Diode- 

22 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

tian, and released by Constantine. In 1087 his relics 
were removed from the East, to Bari, in the kingdom of 
Naples. He is the patron saint of the young in Catholic 
countries. In ancient times in England his feast was 
observed with great ceremony at the public schools and 
in cathedral choirs, the choristers electing one of their 
number, who was made boy-bishop, and who presided 
over his fellows till the following Holy Innocents' Day. 
In the Diet Rolls of St. Swithin's, Winchester, 1492-93, 
the following is to be found : 

" Festum Sancti Nicholai Episcopi Cappis, F5, Dec 6. 
" Drylynge 4*, 190 Eggs i* . 6<^, Minnows as Entree 4**, 
Whitynge for Pittance 5**, Mustard ij** = 6*.4j^" 

Dugdale's "Monasticon" describes Totinges as follows: 

''.... There is a record amongst the Spiritualistic 
belonging to the priory of St. Marie Overie : ' Church at 
Totinges Surry, with whole tithes of his lordship (con- 
firmed by Richard Toclive, Bishop of Winchester). The 
donor, Hamo de Gravenel,' Temp. Hen. II,'' (prior of St. 
Marie at that time, Richard or Valerianus). 

In 5 Edward III. a portion of the church lands, about 
13 acres, and a house were aliened in favour of the 
prior and brethren of the Holy Cross* next the Tower. 
This was a small house, and probably served the church. 

" Z." (Mr. James Barringer), in the Parish Magazine of 
January, 1884, tells of a supposed subterranean passage 
from the " Lich Gate," leading to what was probably the 
house with its thirteen acres alienated to the brethren of 
the Holy Cross. The house was an old moated mansion, 
the moats possibly filled with fish, so that the brethren 
should not want for fish on fast days. These water 
surroundings likewise served as a protection against 
robbers, who infested the lonely country lanes and roads 

* Dugdale is silent as regards this body, but refers to an alien cell 
or priory at Tooting- Bee. 

Tlie Parish Church. 23 

around London. Such a passage would be used by the 
brethren when attending the church for their devotions. 

From the time that Hamo de Gravenel gave the 
advowson to the priory of St. Marie Overie till the Dissolu- 
tion the church was served as a vicarage (the priory re- 
taining the tithes and allowing the vicar a salary) by the 
brethren of the priory. Search has been made for a list 
of these vicars, but they cannot at present be traced. In 
1540 the last (32nd) prior of St. Marie Overie, Bartholo- 
mew Linstede, alias Fowle, surrendered the priory to 
Henry VIII., and received a pension. The living then 
became a rectory, the gift of which was granted by 
Edward VI.* to Edward Fynes, Lord Clinton and Say. 
(His ancestor, the first Lord Say, the Lord Treasurer, 
was executed by Jack Cade in 1450.) Doctor Gasquet, 
in his " Henry VIII. and the English Monasteries," vol. ii., 
p. 389, says : " Edward, Lord Clinton, had twelve (re- 
ligious foundations), including the rich lands of the 
Benedictine abbey of Barking." 

Lord Clinton parted with it to Sir Richard Sackville,t 
in whose family it remained till the middle of the seven- 
teenth century. J George, Earl of Berkeley, § appears as 
patron in 1683 1| (Hon. George Berkeley was rector). 
It afterwards became the gift of Sir James Bateman, 
Bart.,ir and was annexed to the manor till Mr. Lewis sold 
it to the Rev. Nicholas Brady, whose daughter brought it 
in marriage to the Rev. Henry Allen, D.D.,** sometime 

* 5 Edw. VI. Grants in Augmentation Office. 

t Regist. Winton. Gardiner restored, fol. 8a. 

X Parliamentary Surveys, Lambeth MS. Library. 

§ First eari. || Regist. Winton. Morley, p. 102. 

^ Brown Willes Papers, Bod. Lib., Oxon. 

♦♦In 1782 Dr. Allen and Brownlow Bishop of Winchester did 
grant to Herbert Brace a parcel of glebe land, 7a. ir. 9p., between the 
turnpike roads leading to Merton and Mitcham, and i^^ acres or there- 
abouts, called the Neates, in exchange for three several pieces of land, 
viz^ Upper Path Field, 3a. 2r. 2op. ; Upper Bam Field, 2a. 3r. I9p. ; 
and Lower Bam Field, 3a. 2r. i/p. 

24 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

patron and incumbent. He was followed by the Rev. G. 
F. BarloWy and the advowson passed into the hands of 
Peter Broadley, Esq. (Robert Broadley, B.A., was rector 
1801-1805). The next patron was Rev. R. W. Greaves, 
followed by the Rev. John Congreve, the Rev. G. S. Flack, 
and the present patron, the Rev. Edward Howard Morton, 

Having thus traced the history of the advowson, it will 
be well to go back and note items of interest. 

In 1658 rated at £8 8s. 6id.* In 1678 valued at £52.* 

The priory of St. Marie Overie formerly received a 
pension of £^ out of the rectory.f 

The church is described in 1792 and 18 10 as dedicated 
to St. Nicholas, small structure, nave, chancel and fourth 
aisle ; on north side low circular tower with small spire. 

In the archives of the Bodleian Library at Oxford is 
an ancient valor beneficiorum, supposed by Dr. Kennett 
in his '' Parochial Antiquities " to have been compiled 
20 Edw. I. (1292). This formerly belonged to Sir Henry 
Spelman, fol. (a) 117 : '\Taxacio bonorum Spiritualium Clcri 
in Archidiaconatu Surrei ensi Archidiaconatus Surrie 
Decanatus de Suthwerc " it is stated : 

Ecclesia de Totyng - . - - Val 40*. 

Richard Toclive {alias More), Bishop of Winchester, 
1173-1189, when taking under his protection St. Marie 
Overie, included Totinges. The church remained in 
the Diocese of Winchester until 1846, when it was trans- 
ferred with other parishes to London. By the London 
Diocese Act of 1863, a rearrangement of parishes was 
made, and on the establishment of the St. Albans Diocese 
in 1877 the East and Mid-Surrey portion of the London 
Diocese were transferred to Rochester. Tooting-Graveney 
was included in the transfer. 

* Parliamentary Surveys. 

t Cotton MSS. at British Museum. Faustina, A. 8, fol. 256: "A 
terrier of the glebe at Winchester.** 

The Parish Church. 25 

Among the documents in the Public Record Office 
dealing with the Church Goods Commission, Surrey, 
Un^. Edw. VI. (commission for Brixton Hundred, Sir 
Thomas Garden, or Cawerden, Nicholas Leyghe, or 
Leigh, and John Scott, SherifF of Surrey in 1548), is the 


This inventory taken by the jury aforesaid : 
The xiij daye of December in the yere above written 
(1553) of all and every suche churche goodes as dothe 
or oaght tapperteyne unto the parishe aforsaid now in 
the charge of the churche wardens hereafter appereth. 

Inprimis a cope of blew satten of Brydges. 

Item a cope of red satten of Bridges. 

Item a vestment of blew velvet with all thinges therunto 

Item one vestment of blew satten of Bridges with all 

things therunto belonging. 
Item hanginges to thaulter of white and grene satten of 

Item ij chalices of sylver parcel! gilte. 
Item a corporas with a case. 
Item iij small belles hanging in the steple. 
Item ij aalter clothes of diaper. 

M*. That these were churche wardens in the first yere 
of the Kinges Majesties reigne (1547) that now is. 

Thomas Blake. 
William Hodson. 

Ml That there was stollen out of the churche in anno. 
quarto regni r^s praedicti these parcelles following viz 
ij corporas with their cases a crosse of latten gilte candle- 
stickes of latten with their tapers and all other thinges 
that were in the churche at that tyme were taken awaye 
bat by whom we know not. 

26 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

M^. That the accomptes taken of the churche wardens 
according to our charge there remayneth due unto the 
churche NL 

William Hudson 

Thomas Bonham 

Roger Marshall | Wardens charged 

Richard Kingeston J with the goodes. 

r Sidemen, 

The following is from the Losely MSS. : 

This ys the indentid certificat mayde the xxvj** daye off 
September in the syxte yere off the reigne off owre 
sovereign lorde the kynge by the grace oflF God off 
Englonde Fraunce and Irlande kynge defender off the 
off the* fayth and in earthe off the churche off Englande 
and Irlande the supreme hedde bytwene Sir Thomas 
Chawrden knygth John Scott Nicolas Leygh esquieres 
the Kynges Majesties commissioners within the hundrede 
off Bryxton in the counte off Surre off the one parte and 
Wyllyam Hodson and Thomas Boihum parissheners of 
Totynge Graveney in sayd counte off Surre off the other 
parte for and concernynge the just and trewe inventorie 
and declaracion off all and singuler the goodes plate 
juelles vestyments belles and ornamentes wich were and 
dyd belonge and appertaygne unto the parische churche 
off Totynge Graveney aforesayd synce the fyrst yere off 
the roygne off our sovereigne lorde unto thys daye 
accordynge to certen articles by and from the sayde 
commissionris (wc) unto thys sayde Wyllym Hodson and 
Thomas Boihum lately yewen and exhibitede as here 

Ffyrst the sayde Wyllym Hodson and Thomas Boihum 
dowe certefe that Thommas Blake and Wyllym Hodson 
were churchewardens off the sayde parische churche 
off Totynge Graveney in the ffyrst yere off the reigne off 
owre sovereigne lorde the Kynges Majesties that now 

* Off the repeated in MS. 

The Parish Church. 27 

ys and they dyd remane ther in the spasse off ffhore 
yere and then cam in Roger Marchall Rychart Kynston 
and nowe remayneth. 

Secondely the sayde Wyllym Hodson and Thomas 
Boihum dowe here exhibett and deliver the conterpane 
off a certen inventorie and declaracion off the churche 
goodes wich was by they abowe namyde churche wardens 
late takyn and exhibyed before Sir Thommas Pope Sir 
Robart Cursson knigthes John Scott John Eston esquiris 
the xxYJ*** daye off Marche in the thyrde yere off the 
reigne off owre sovereigne lorde that nowe ys and other 
accomptes or inventorie they dow fynde none. 

Thirdely that off all and singuler the goodes plate 
juelles vestymentes belles and other ornament es wich 
were and dyd appertaygne and belonge unto the sayde 
parische churche off Totynge Graveney from the sayde 
%rst yere off the reigne off the Kynges Majesties that 
nowe ys and att thys daye dowe remayne this ys just and 
trewe inventorie as here folowith. 

Imprimis a cope off blewe satten of Brygges. 

Item a cope of rede satten of Brygges. 

Item vestyment off blwe velfet with all thynges be- 

Item vestyment blwe satten off Brygges with all thynges 

thereto belonggth. 
Item hanggynges to the autre off wythe and grene satten 

off Brygges. 
Item ij challes off silver and parcell gylte. 
Item a corporis with a casse. 
Item iij small belles that hanggyth in the styple. 
Item ij auter clowhyes off dyapurr. 

These parcelles under wrytten were stowlyn out off the 
churche abowte the moneth of May in the iiij® yere off 
the reigne off owre sovereign lorde that now ys : 
Inprimis ij corporis with the cassys^ 

28 The History of Tooting- Graveney. 

Item a crosse of latten g>'lte. 
Item candelstyks o£f laten with the tapures. 
Item and all other thynges that were in the churche att 
that tyme was takyn away. 

{Two marks. No signatures,) 

The following certificate is taken from a volume in the 
Public Record Office, entitled "Surrey Church Goods, 
temp. Edw. VI." : 

Toting Graveney. 

Wardens Richard Kingston, Roger Marshall. Deliverid 

unto the wardens ther xix day of May anno regni regis 

Edwardi vj^i vij® by Sir Thomas Carwarden Sir Thomas 

Saunder knightes John Scott Nicholas Leigh and William 

Saunder esquiors commissioners of our soveraing lorde 

the king among other to that effect these persel of churche 

goodes here after ensuing : 

Imprimis a chalice poix x oz iiij qrt. 

A cope of olde red sattin and a aulter cloth of sattin of 

Bridges for the communyon table. 

Also remaining in their charge to the kinges use iij belles 

in the steple. 

Roger Mesecholl. 

Recevid a challice withoute a cover poiz vij oz d qrt. 


All thornamentes solde for xiiij» iiij^. 

Summa xiiij* iiij^. 

The following document was found between the leaves 
of a Churchwarden's Account Book. It is beautifuUy 
written on vellum. A facsimile will be found facing this. 


A Repertory of all and singular the Goods, Vessells 
Vestments, Utensils and ffurniture of and belonging to the 
parish Church of Tooting, in the County and Arch- 

The Parish Church. 


Deaconry of Surrey, Ex- 
libited, Taken and Ex- 
imined Alt a Parochial 

Parochial ^^^^fJ'fit^^'j, 
^^isitation of the Reverend /i^Ke^ifi^r^^ ir^e^.^ 
Edmund Gibson, Doctor 
in Divinity, Arch-Deacon 
3f Surrey, had and made 
In the parish Church of 
Tooting, aforesaid, on the 
ffour and Twentieth day of 
September, in The yeare of 
our Lord, God, one thou- 
sand seaven Hundred and 
Eleaven followeth {vixU*) : 




Inpnmis A Great Bible. ^^£^ M^^M^v^P^^^f^-jR,^ 
Item one Common Prayer ^^^i^-^^^^p^*'^^ 

Book. ^^' ^^^^^^ ^ ^^ ^.^^!*- 

Item A Linnen Cloth for ^g^ 

the Communion Table. ^ 

Tvif^t ^iSo/t^j^^c'c^. 

Item A Cloth for i!^^ %P^ ^^^^ 
Pulpitt. (/^i^c^^c^. ' 

Item A Chest, with one <£f JftJif 

Item A Register Booke in 

Item A Surplice. 
Item One Bell. 
Item A Pewter fflagon. 
Item A Silver Chalice guilt 

and Paten guilt. 
Item A Chalice of Silver 

with Silver Cover, 
Item A Silver Bason for 

the Offertory. 


* In old documents viet is often written vixt. 

30 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Item Erasmus Commentary, or Paraphrase. 

Item a Cushion for the Pulpitt. 

Timothy Turner, Rector. 

James Verley ) ^, , , 
it- K c Churchwardens. 

Thomas Ancell) 

This is a true Copy of the Repertory, aforesaid, 
Examined by me Rich : Harris, Reg^ 

On the back : 

Received Six Shilling^ and Eight pence. 

Rich : Harris, Reg**. 

Endorsed on the back : " The Within Mentioned Silver 
cover was sold in the yere 1718." 

TiMO : Turner. 
John Man. 
John Lynn. 

Monuments in the Old Church as Published in 

Aubrey's " Surrey," 1717-19. 

On a black Gravestone, in the South Cross He, is this 
Inscription : 

Isaac onely son of Isaac Brand, of this Parish, Gent, 
who through a Fall from his Horse departed this Life 
May the 3d 1701, aged 22 yeares. 

Here lyeth interred the Body of Isaac Brand, Esq"", of 
this Parish, a worthy Benefactor to the Poor of this & 
several other Parishes, as also to several Hospitals in 
London, and was Master of the worshipful Company of 
Drapers, to whom he was likewise a Benefactour. He 
was Father of the above-said Isaac Brand and dyed 
the 5 of September 1712 in the 68th Year of his Age. 

(Now in the churchyard.) 

On another black Marble Grave-Stone in the Middle 
He is this Inscription : 

The Parish Church. 31 

Subtus jacet Gulielmus Turner Colsdonise, natus 
Octobris ig, 1694 hie autem denatus Octobris 15, 1714. 

Filius TiMOTHEi Turner, Doctoris Artum utriusque 
Parochialis Ecclesiae Rectoris, et Ljstiti^ Uxoris ejus, 
Morbillis cecidi, Christo veniente resurgam. 

(Now in the churchyard.) 

On a black Marble enchas'd in white on the North Wall 
of the Churchy are these words on the sides (viz.)> John, 
Elizabeth, Richard, Mary, Thomas, Robert ; and on the 
tablet in capitals is this inscription : 

Sacred to the Memory of Sir John Hepdon, Kt, Gent 
in Ordinary to his Majesties Privy-Chamber, twice Envoy 
to the great Emperour of Russia, and from him Delegat 
to divers great Princes and Estates of Europe, in all 
which Embassies and publique Negotiations he accquitted 
himself with much Fidelity, Prudence, and Honour, and to 
promote the Interest of Charles the first, and Charles 
the 2**. spared neither Purse nor Person, though to the 
Prejudice of his owne. He had by his dear Lady 6 Chel- 
dren, fower Sonns and two Daughters. And having lived 
laudibly, died the 10 of June, 1670 in the 59 Year of his 
Age, finished his short, but well spent Pilgrimage. To 
whose Memory his Sonne and Heir John Hepdon Esq. 
dedicates this Monument 

On a black Marble Grave-Stone under the former is this 
Inscription : 

Here lyeth the Body of Deputy Joseph Scriven who 

departed this Life 5^ of Aug. 1704 in y® 73** year of his 

Age. And also the Body of Bridget his Wife who 

departed this Life the 6^^ Day of July 1707 in the 74^^ year 

of her Age. 

(Now in the churchyard.) 

On a Brass plate fixed in the Elast Wall of the Church, 
gilt, the Figures of a Man and Woman fronting one 


Tk4 History of Tooting-Graveney. 

another and praying on each Side of a Desk between 
(This brass is in the south transept of the present cburch.) 

*' "1 









On a white Free-stone in the middle He, is this In- 
scription : 

Here lieth James Turner the son of Timo. and 
Letitia, his Wife, who died Feb. 9, 1700. 
(Now in the churchyard.) 

On the North Side of the altar is an nacommon 
beautiful Monument with this Inscription : 

In the Memory of that excellent Person Dame Estha 
Bateman, youngest daughter of John Searle, late o; 
Finchley, Esq', the Prudent, Virtuous and dearly be- 

The Parish Church. 33 

oved Wife of Sir James Bateman, Kn' and Alderman of 
London, after iS years spent in the Sacred Friendsbip of 
Mattimony, she departed this Life the 30 Sep. 1709, in 
the 35"> year of her Age, leaving 4 Sons William, James, 
Richard, and Henry, and 3 Daughters Anne, Judith, and 

Her Affectionate and Sorrowful Consort erected this 
Monument in Testimony of his constant Tenderness, 
Esteem &Respectforoneoftbebestof Wifes. Anno 1710. 

(This Monument is in the porch of the present Church, 
and the above illustration is taken from it.) 
In the churchyard on a tomb is this inscription : 

Here lyeth the Body of Sir John Maynard, Knt of the 
Noble Order of the Bath, who departed this life the z^^ 
Day of July Anno Dom : 1658 Aged 66. 


34 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Here lyetb the Body of Sir John Maynard Kt (Soone 
of Sir John Maynard Kt of the Bath) whoe departed this 
life 14''' May 1664 Aged 30. 

(Note. — This tomb is in the church3'ard now, but the 
inscription is almost worn off.) 

New Church. 

The details as to the building of the new church will 
be found in the Vestry Minutes. 

" The new church was consecrated by the Lord Bisbop 
of Winchester* on Thursday, February 14, 1833. His 
lordship spent the previous night with Mr. Rees Goring 
Thomas, the Lord of the Manor. At eleven o'clock in the 
forenoon, the Bishop with his chaplain and Mr. Thomas 
arrived at the residence of Dr. Lord. The veneraUe 
* Charies Richard Sumner, D.D., 1827-1869. Died 1874. 

The Parish Church. 35 

Archdeacon of the diocese, Dr. Dealtry, with a numerous 
body of the clergy from neighbouring parishes were 
awaiting his arrival They then adjourned to the church, 
and found the gentlemen of the Building Committee 
awaiting them. The service was conducted by the new 
curate, the Rev. J. B. Marsden. The anthem, composed 
by Mr. Kent, * When the Son of man shall come in His 
glory,* was sung by Messrs. Evans, Turle, and Bradbury, 
and Masters Howe, Sage, E. Hopkins, and J. Hopkins, 
of Westminster Abbey choir. Mr. J. L. Brownsmith, 
organist of St. John the Evangelist, Waterloo Road, 

'' The Bishop preached from Psalm cxxii. 7, and a col- 
lection amounting to £85 was made. After the service 
the clergy and a number of gentlemen adjourned to Dr. 
Lord's for luncheon. After the guests were seated Mr. 
Rees Goring Thomas rose, and addressing Dr. Lord in a 
most eloquent and complimentary speech, presented him, 
on behalf of the inhabitants of the parish, with a piece of 
plate, having the doctor's armorial bearings richly em- 
blazoned, and the following inscription engraved upon it : 

" * Presented to the Rev. Samuel Curlewis Lord, D.D., 
sixteen years curate of this parish, as a token of esteem 
and regard. Tooting-Graveney, February 14, 1833.' 

" After a suitable reply from Dr. Lord, the Bishop testi- 
fied with great warmth and energy to his gratification at 
the scene he had just witnessed, and his approbation that 
so many clergy were assembled, and concluded with an 
eloquent encomium on the Rev. J, B. Marsden, in whose 
favour Dr. Lord had resigned. Among those present 
were Lord W. Russell, Rector of Streatham,* Lord 
Montague, and Archdeacon Hoare." — Parish Magazine. 

* The Rev. the Right Honourable Lord Wriothesley Russell, born 
May II, 1804, died April 5, 1886, aged 81 years. He was Rector of 
Streatham for about four or five years (1830- 1835). 


36 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

The church was built by Mr. Hicks, jun., of Tooting- 
Graveney, from the designs of Mr. Atkinson, of Stamford 
Street. It had a handsome stained glass window, pre- 
sented by the Lord of the Manor, and the altar-screen was a 
copy of Carlo Dolci*s " Salvator " painted and presented by 
Mr. Ashby, of Mitcham, to whom it was returned later on. 

There was a sad ending to this festive day, as within 
two hours of the consecration, the venerable and benevo- 
lent rector, Dr. Ravenhill, died suddenly from apoplexy. 
He was eighty-two years of age, and very infirm, and for 
a few days before had been in a precarious state. 

The new church is, considering its date of erection, not 
a bad specimen of the Pointed style. It had galleries, 
both the north and south of which have been removed ; a 
lofty square tower of four storeys, terminating in an open 
parapet and pinnacles, several of which have been re- 
moved of late. In 1873-75 an apsidal chancel with 
organ-chamber* on the north, and vestry on the south 
side, was built from the designs of Mr. F. St. Aubyn. 
This chancel contains fine stained glass memorial 
windows, particulars of which are given opposite. 

In 1884 the body of the church was reseated with open 

benches, and in 1889, by the exertions of the late rector 

and patron of the living, north and south transepts in 

harmony with the chancel were erected. During the 

time the Rev. Edward Howard Morton was rector 

of the parish, he instituted and opened the Chnrch 

House in Aldis Street, which has been a great boon to 

the working-men of Tooting-Graveney. A tablet was 

erected there soon after he left the parish commemorating 

the fact. In 1895 the whole interior of the church was 

cleaned down and repainted. 

'"' The present organ, a gift of Mr. Rees Goring Thomas, built in 
i860 by Joseph Walker, was originally in the west gallery, but was 
moved to its present position in 1878. The description on p. 44, 
given by Mr. J. Percy Baker, Bac. Mus., Dunelm, A.RJ\.M., will 
probably interest the reader. 

The Parish Church. 37 

Stained Glass and Monuments. 

In the sanctuary the centre light was given by some 
pupils of the Rev. John Congreve, in memory of his son, 
Walter Ernest, who died at the age of nineteen, in 1873. 
The north-east light is in memory of Charles Edward 
Carter, aged thirty-two, 1873. The window in the south- 
east has one light in memory of the mother of Marian 
Hooper, and the other as a thank-offering from Sarah H. 
Doulton.* The two windows on either side are of decora- 
tive glass in memory of Rev. W. Tipton (curate 1870-73). 

The large window in the south transept was given by 
Agnes Maria, widow of the late Stephenson Clarke, Esq., 
** To the glory of God, and to the loved and revered 
memory of those members of the Clarke Family, formerly 
residing at The Rookery in this parish, who worshipped 
in this church, and lie buried in the adjoining church- 
yard." The ten subjects are chosen from the life of our 
Lord, and comprise the Presentation in the Temple, His 
Baptism, Public Ministry, the Transfiguration, Geth- 
semane, the Crucifixion, the Angels at the Sepulchre, 
Mary at the Grave, Peter Forgiven, the Ascension. The 
circular light above represents the Lamb with Angels 
singing " Holy, Holy, Holy." 

A lancet window in the same transept is to the memory 
of two dear brothers, Samuel Francis and Charles Arthur 
Lucas, given by G. A. M. and M. H. M., 1889. The 
subject is " The Christian Panoply." 

In the east of the north transept is a window, subject, 
" The Good Shepherd," and on a tablet underneath, 

" To the Glory of God & in loving memory of 

Samuel Curlewis Lord, D.D. 

For many years Curate of this parish & 

Emily his wife." 

♦ Wife of Sir Henry Doulton, of Lambeth Pottery fame. 

38 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

In the west of the north transept is a window, the 
subject being, " The Light of the World," after the cele- 
brated painting by Holman Hunt. The eflfect of the 
light from the lantern is at times remarkable, and 
underneath on a tablet : 

"This window, erected by public subscription, com- 
memorates the faithful ministry of the Rev<* Edward 
Howard Morton, M.A., Rector of this parish, 1880-1893. 

" During this period the north and south transepts were 

On the east wall is a monument : 

"Robert Bayley 1835." 
(ist buried in the new church.) 

A brass on the south side of the sanctuary records as 
follows : 

" To the glory of God this Chancel was built and con- 
secrated during the Rectorship of the Rev^ John Congreve 
for the years 1867 to 1875. The Rev W. Tipton being 
his Curate from June 1870 to October 1873. One of the 
stained windows was given to the Rector in 1873, one is a 
thankofifering, the others are memorials to those whose 
names they bear. The circular lights represent the 
patron saint S^ Nicholas with S* Agnes & S^ Dorothea. 
The 6 upper subjects are scenes chosen from the life of 
the prophet Elijah. Those below illustrate the text of 
S* Luke 4 . 17 . 18. — ' There was delivered,' etc. 

John Congreve, M.A., Rector. 

W. H. Dawson, \ 

5, 3 

^ r. XT . Ch'Wardens." 

F. R. Harries, 

In the south transept is the Fitzwilliam brass referred 
to in the " Monuments " in the old church, and — 

A monument " In memory of the Rev<* John Ravenhill 
D.D. aged 79 years, having been Rector of this parish 
28 years, he died beloved and lamented on the 14^ of 

The Parish Church. 39 

Feby 1833 the same day on which this church was con- 
secrated to the service of Almighty God." His remains 
were interred in a vault under the site of the old church 
in which he ministered. 

" In memory of Richard Alsagar, Elder 
Brother of Trinity House & M.P. for the Eastern 

Division of the County." 

** In memory of Sophia Elizabeth, wife of 

Rev<*. Richard Wilson Greaves, 1857. 

Erected by the parishioners." 

*' In memory of Richard & Eliza Gibbs, 


(Mr. Gibbs, who was very benevolent, was generally 

" In memory of Mary,* the beloved 
wife of W P Flower Esq of Hill House 

{afterwards of Furzedown). 

Born at Felwell, Norfolk 1816 & died at 

Scarborough 1857. 

' We know,' etc., ii Cor v i." 

There are a number of monuments to the Rice family. 

In the nave of the church are monuments to : 

William Powell of Vauxhall and his wife Elizabeth. 

Sir John Hebdon (removed from the old church). 

Mary and Thomas Holmes. 

William Fuller, late of Upper Tooting, and Mary his 

Edward Daun and Elizabeth his wife, 30 years inhabi- 
tants of the parish. 

William Penfold and Elizabeth his wife. 

Matilda, wife of George Medley, and daughter of Daniel 
and Ellis Blachford. 

Philip Gidley King, R.N., Late Governor of N. S. Wales. 

* Mother of Lord Battersea. 

40 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

On a stone removed from the old church is : 

" Beneath this place in a family vault are deposited the 
remains of Ralph Plumbe, who died March i 1776 
aged 22. This small tribute of affection was here placed 
by his afflicted parents Samuel Plumbe Alderman of the 
City of London and Francis his wife. The said Samuel 
Plumbe died Feby 21 1784 aged 66, & was here also 
interred. Also Frances, wife of the said Samuel Plumbe, 
who died Apl 181 1 aged 84 years." 

(Note. — This vault is in the churchyard on the site of 
the old church. Readers will find its purchase recorded 
in the Vestry Minutes). 

The Clarke family, who have been great benefactors to 
the parish, have several monuments : 

William Clarke, 1799. 

Robert Clarke, of the Rookery, born 1782, died 1849. 
Maria Elizabeth, his wife, born 1794, died 1870. 
John Clarke, died 1792. 

Jane Strachan, relict of above, afterwards wife of 
James Strachan, 1845. 

Jonathan Chapman, bom 1767, died 1846. 

In the catacombs under the west end of the church 
are the following vaults : 

John Reid, 1847. 

George Evans, 1840 ; Sarah, 1855. 

Rev. J. B. Marsden. 

Mrs. Mary Doolan, 1841. 

Chas. Fourdrinier, 1841 ; Mary, 1850. 

William H. Wells, of Wandsworth. 

Mary Frances Stevenson Bezer, wife of Henry Bezer, 
of Kensington (sister of W. H. Wells), and her infant 
son (1834), Henry Wells Bezer. 

Edward Wells, 1840. 

Rev. R. W. Greaves (family vault of). 

The Parish Church. 41 

Richard Alsagar. 

John Bayley, Esq.^ family vault of. 

John Clarke, Esq. 

William Clarke, Esq. 

Mary Christian Woodruff, 1840. 

Jane Strachan, 1845. 

W. Perry, Esq. family vault, 1849. 

Robert Clarke, Esq., family vault. 

Church Plate of St. Nichqlas, Tooting-Graveney. 

Silver-gilt Cup. — Weight, 14 oz., 11 dwt. Height, 7I in. 
Diam. of bowl, 4^ in., of foot, 4f in. Depth of bowl, 
4^ in. London hall-marks of i66g: i. Leopard's head 
crowned in outline. 2. In a plain shield S R, a rose 
below. 3. Black-letter capital Jft. 4. Lion passant in 

Silver-gilt Paten Cover. — Weight, about 5 oz. Diam., 
6 in. Height, i^ in. Hall-marks as above. 

The following entry in one of the old parish registers 
gives a full history of the above cup and cover : " Dies 
Solis. This day being the 7^ of Decemb. 1673 was pre- 
sented & Given for ever by M*". Thomas Sanders To the 
Parish Church of Tooteing Graveney For y« Sole and 
Propper use of the Comunion Service A Large Guilded 
Cup or Chalice of Plate with a Cover belonging to it 
w*"* this Inscription on both of them, *Altari Sacrum 
Paroch : Ecctae de Tooting Ex dono Tho : Sanders 
Generosi.' Upon yc Cup or Chalice was y« Coate 
mantles and Crest of the Donors Armes and on y^ Inside 
of y* foote thereof was sett 1673. 

" Upon y« Cover On ye Inside brim 1673 with y« In- 
scription & y^ Crest only beeing the Elephant's head. 
Belonging to this a Case of Red Leather Guided & Sett on 
it • Tooting Church Surry '& lined within with red Plush." 

This case, it may be added, has disappeared. The cup 
is of the usual shape of that period, having a slightly bell- 

42 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

shaped bowl, a plain stem divided by a knop, and spread- 
ing foot. The cover has a foot. 

Silver-gilt Cup. — Weight, i8 oz. 4 dwt. Height, 8 in. 
London hall-marks of 1813. Maker's initials, W F., 
perhaps those of W. Fountain. 

This is a copy of the older cup. Under the foot is 
this inscription : " Altari Sacrum Paroch. Ecctse de 
Tooting ex Dono Roberti Bridges A.D. 1814." 

Silver-gilt Cup. — Weight, 21 oz. 17 dwt. Height, 
8f in. London hall-marks of 1890. Maker, J. Keith. 

Inscribed under the base, "S. Nicholas, Tooting 
Graveney, 1890." There is a small crucifix on one face 
of the sexfoil foot. 

Silver-gilt Paten. — Weight, 7 oz. 5 dwt. Diam., 6 in. 
London hall-marks of 1813. Maker's initials, W F. 

On the face of this paten, which has a foot, there is the 
following unfinished inscription : " Altari Sacrum Paroch. 
Ecctae de Tooting ex Dono." 

Silver Plate. — Weight, 10 oz. 18 dwt. Diam., 7! in. 
London hall-marks of 1813. Makers, Emes and Barnard. 

Inscribed round the back of the rim, " Altari Sacrum 
Paroch. Ecctae de Tooting ex Dono Johannis Hodges 
A.D. 1814." 

Silver Flagon. — Weight, 54 oz. 13 dwt. Height, 11 in. 
London hall-marks of 1822. Maker's initials, R. H. 

Inscribed, " Donation to Saint Nicholas Church Lower 
Tooting Surry by Margaret Bridges, 1822. Gilbert Gold- 
smith to his Majesty London fecit." 

Silver Bowl. — Weight, 10 oz. 18 dwt. Diam., 7! in. 
Length of handle, 5^ in. London hall-marks of 1672 : 
I. Leopard's head crowned in outline. 2. Between 
pellets J S, a pellet below. 3. Black-letter capital 9* 
4. Lion passant in outline. 

This bowl, which is used for collecting alms, is in shape 

The Parish Church. 43 

like an ordinaiy soap plate, and has an ivory handle. It 
is inscribed, "John Hebden Esqr. Churchwarden of 
Tooting 1671." 

With the exception of this bowl and of the oldest cup 
the Qsoal sacred monogram in rays with cross and nails 
is engraved on every piece. 

Mr Hebdeo or Hebdon* was the eldest of the four sons 
of Sir John Hebdon, Knt., a busy man during the reigns 


of Charles I. and Charles II., "for whose interest he 
qored neither purse nor person, though to the prejudice 
(rfhis owne." — Church Plate 0/ Surrey. 

The Beadle's staff is Hanoverian in design. 

*Hr. Hebdon always signed the Vestry Minutes ' Jno. Hebdon,' in a 
tcU, dear bmndwritrnK, with many flourishes. Vestry clerics, monu- 
^aoJ muoas and others, spelt it according to their own sweet will, 
Htpdei, Hepdon, Hebden or Hebdon. 

44 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Specification of the Organ at St, Nicholas, Tootikg- 

Great Organ.— I. Bourdon, i6-reel tone, 56 notes; 2. Open diapason, 
8 feet, 56 notes ; 3. Stopped diapason, S-feet tone, ;6 notes ; 4. Gambi 
(to tenor C), 8 feet, 44 notes ; 5. Flute, 4 feet, ;6 notes ; 6. Principal, 
4 feet, 56 notes \ 7. Harmonic flute, 4-feet tone, j6 notes ; 8. Fifteentli, 

2 feet, 56 notes ; 9. Sesquialtera, 4 ranks ; 10. Tnimpet, 8 feet, 56 

Swell Organ. — t. Double diapason, 16-feet tone, 44 notes ; 2. Open 
diapason, 8 feet, 44 notes ; 3. Stopped diapason, 8-feet tone, 44 notes ; 
4. Principal, 4 feet, 44 notes ; ;. Fifteenth, 2 feet, 44 notes ; 6. Mixture, 

3 ranks; 7. Oboe, 8 feet, 44 notes; 8. Horn, 8 feet, 44 notes; 
9. Clarion, 4 feet, 44 notes. 

Choir Organ.— I. Dulciana (to tenor C), 8 feet, 44 notes ; 2. Stopped 
diapason, 8-feet tone, 56 notes; 3. Gemsbom, 4-feet, 56 notes; 
4. Wald flute (to tenor C), 4 feet, 44 notes ; 5. Clarionet (to tenor C\ 
8 feet, 44 notes. 

Pedal Organ. — i. Violone, 16-feet tone, 30 notes; 2. Open diapason, 
16 feet, 30 notes. 

Couplers. — 1. Swell to great ; 2. Choir to swell ; 3. Great to pedals! 
4. Choir to pedals. 

Five composition pedals to great organ. 

The swell only extends downward to tenor C, the lowest octave 
being grooved into the slopped diapason and gemsbom on the cbcur 
organ. It will be seen that exactly one-half of the stops are thni of 
incomplete compass. 



The vestry minates begio in 1709 and continue with a 
digbt break until the present day. 

In making tbese extracts, it has been the aim of the 
;ompiler to present only matters of local interest and 
historical value. Those having reference to encroach- 
ments are inserted in their chronological order. The 
locally famous case of Betts v. Thompson will be dealt 
with separately. Where needful the days of the month 
ire inserted, but in most cases only the year in which 
the minutes occur. 

1709. The Booke of Ac*" and Recepts for the Parish of 
Toottng-Graveney and y« Beginning of the Entry 
of ace*** in this Booke was in the year of Our Lord 

(The following entry, although not strictly chrono- 
logical, is on the first page.) 
1738. Memorand'*. Deliver'd this Eleventh day of May 
1738* to William Grover now Churchwarden and 
overseer of the poor of the parish of Tooting the 
parish chest & the Church plate & Table Linnen 

* Tboniloii Man was overseer in 1737. William Grover, church- 
warden and overseer 1738. 

46 The History of Tooting -Graveney. 

— — — — i 

belonging to the parish church as witness my 

Thos. Drinkwater, Thornton Man. 

(Note. Some wag has written * Drinkbeer' here at 
a later date.) 

1709, May 20th. Charles Linton paid then seven pound 
to Thos Ansell Being Moneys he received of 
Mr Bynes Being Mr Smthse gift, the money 
Thos Ansell received was his and as y« agree^ for 
Bushnall his apprentice & Twelve Shillings and 
eightpence he paid now into the hands of John 
Midgee who officiated the office of Church Warden 
for Mr Hester which being in full of the money he 
rec** of Mr Bynes which appears by his accounts 
and is in all the full sum of Seven pounds Twelve 
shillings and Eightpence Seven shillings and four- 
pence abated for receipts which amounts in all to 
the full sum of eight pounds 08 00 00 

Memor : Mr Edwarde Sares received forty shill : 
which he paid to Morris Griffens wife & twenty 
shill: Grififen had when prest into the Queens 
Service being in all three pound which he gave a 
receipt for which moneys was paid by her Majesties 
Receiver Genu of the Land Taxe Dated y« Second 
of May 1709. 

This Morris was prest to serve under Cap^ 
ffoley in the Honnourable Cornall Watkins Rigm^ 
of ffoot. His last abiding as servant was with 
John Waker in Eburry primes in the county of 
Shropshire his wife went from this parish of Toot- 
ing Aug y« 17^** 1709- 

Memod : Sep^ y« 12* 1709- Att a parish Meeting 
att the Castle it was agreed on the particulars 
fifoUowing that Goody Hausman was to be Allowed 
five shillings ye weeke untill the time of her Lying 

The Vestry-Books. 47 

In and then More as occation requiree, and that 
she should Continue att her house if she Could 
prevaile with any friend to pay or Cause to be 
paid half the rent, or Else she is to go to the 
house of The Wido Lewis. And that The Wido : 
Bushnall rent was deferred tell further Considera- 
tion. And That John Harvy was to have a Cer- 

Rec<^ of Mr Bynes March the 2is^ 1709 the Sum 
of five pounds fourteen shill & sixpence being 
for three years five shill & sixpence abated which 
is a gift of Henry Smith Esq"^ to the poore of 
Tooting which is to be paid out of Kernsing wood* 
in Kent and there remains behind at Lady day 
next one year's due. I say rec^ the abouesd sum 

I s. d.. 
by me Jo- Midgee 05 14 6 ) ^g ^ ^ 

Abated o 5 6 J 

Rec^ as one the other side of Mr Bynns for 
y« poore Five pounds fourteen shillings & six- 
pence. Rec^ more as on the other side of Charles 
Linton the sum of twelve shillings & eightpence 
for y« s<* use. I say rec<* the s<* sums as dated in 
side by me Jn® Midgee 06 07 02 

1710. Layde out for Cloathing the poore of the above 
said Moneys to those whose names are here sett 
down March y« 28*** 1710. 

Wido Lynn, Wido Lander, Wido Bushnall and 
Girls, Wido Laufman, Wido Caustall, Wido ffree- 
land, Wido Bond, W°* Ely, Goodyf Allen, Goody 
Gibson, Goody Lane, Goody flfrances and Girls, 
Goody Day or Asby, Mary Day, Goody Badger, 
Eliz Haynes. The full sum of four pounds nine 
shillings & three pence 4 09 03 

* Kernsing, near Sevenoaks, Kent. 

t A term of civility applied to a woman, as was ' goodman ' to a man. 

48 The History oj Tooting-Graveney. 

Soe there remains in his hands for the poor the 
sum of one pound seventeen shillings & eleven 
pence of the abouesd Money's i 17 11 

Rec^ of Jo" Midgee the sum of one pound seven- 
teen shillings & eleven pence being money he had 
in his hands of Mr Smiths gift to the poor as is 
abue menctned. I say rec<* in full by me i 17 11 
Thos. Ansell. 
Paid Tho. Shorey at seuerall Times 01 05 06 

Tooting in y« year 1710 : 

The Goods in the hands of the Churchwardens 
which belong to the use of the Church & parish* 
One chest one gilt Bowie & pattin one Silver 
bowle & River* one Silver plate w*** a handle one 
pewter fflaggon and Dyaper table cloath, one black 
box with writings conseaming the parish. There 
is a Black Cloth & bagg which belongs to the 
parish in the hands of the Clarke of the s^ parish 
and a dyaper Napkin. 

1705. (As written, though not chronologically accurate.) 
Memorand. John Major, Overseer of the poore for 
the yeare 1705 rec<* then two pound ten shiU of 
the parish of Streathem for gravel dugg in the 
Common being Money for y« use of the poore of 
this parrish which he never gave account for as 
appears in the poore Book 02 10 00 

1710. Memorand : April y^ 17^ at a parish Meeting it 
was agreed by the parishioners there that the 
Wife of Thos Lane should have a eleven shillings 
a month for keeping the Child that was left at the 
House of Edw Sares on fryday night April the 14 
1710 till further order. 

The Minister and Churchwardens distributed the 
sum of 3^20 left by Mr Bickley formerly the Rector 

'"' Reference to the terrier of 1711 (see p. 29) proves this to be " cover." 










7>ft^ Vestry-Books. 49 

of the parish In sums varying from 3^4 down 
to i». 
1712. Widow Hausman having dydd the over- 
seers sold her goods for - - 10 g 9 
Money found in her house - -870 

Her debts & other charges 
To the widow's apothecary 

This was given to her children - - 11 o o 
1719. Memorand : it was agreed June y« 29^^ 1719 att a 
parish Meeting at James Grove's that Richard 
Wheatland should have W"* Hausman as appren- 
tice tell he came to the age of one and twenty 
years and he was to Receive of the said parish the 
sum of Six pounds and the said Rich^ Wheatlands 
to provide and find him in Cloaths the whole Tearm 
of his apprentieship and to cease from the day 
and date abovesaid to receive or demand of the s^ 
parish any money for his keeping him tell the time 
of his binding him apprentice and he the said 
Rich^ Wheatlands doth further promise to the said 
parishioners that he will when the Boy comes to 
the age of fourteen years bind him againe by way 
of Indenture to make him a free man of London 
There was att the said parish Meeting at the same 
time of this agreement 
Mr. Turner (Rector) Charles Linton 

James Grove 1 ^, , , Richard Wheatland 

John Creesey | Churchwardens j^^^ j^j^g^^ 

Tho Ansell Overseer W°* Palmer 

1721. The parish agreed that £z ^6 o from the Smith 
Charity should be paid to John ffrances towards 
the putting out of his son apprentice. 
1726. That the R^ Hon^ the Lord Bateman be desired to 


50 Tlie History of Tooting-Gravcfiey. 

pay his father's legacy with the interest thereon 
due, to John Man, he bringing the Ministers and 
Ch:Wardens* discharge. 

1728. MrW^Shorters* Donation distributed. (S^^ Charities) 

1729. Five years Maynards' gift distributed in Church 

on Easter Sunday. 

(Note. Colt who distributed this did not receive it 
until 1733.) 

Poor Rate, November 1729. 

Contribution of the parish of Tooting Gravey (sic) 
for the relief of the poor inhabitants reduced by 
Sickness & do now receive alms : 

i; s. d 

Mr. Fran : Salvador 

I I 

Mrs ,,»>-- 



Mr „ „ Jnr . 



Mr Anthony Merry 

I I 

Mr William Hodshow - 



The Revd Mr Ballard - 



Mr W*" BignaU 



Mr Charles Ballard 


Mr John Morley 


John Man Esq - - - 



Mr Daniel Willmot - 

I I 

John Fisher Esq 



Mr John Colt - - - 

I I 

Mr ] ohn Creesy 



Mr W" Devon ... 


Mrs Mary Lynn 


Mr John Kemp - - - 



Mr W" Palmer 



Mrs Ansell ... 


Mr Henry Wicks 



Mrs Barnes . . . 


Mrs. Allen - . - 


Mr. Thornton Man 



Mrs Wheatland 





Richard Tamplin [Sig. erased.— 


John Colt 

The Vestry-Books. 51 

30. All persons who entertain inmates shall be en- 
dited forthwith if they do not make their inmates 
produce certificates or they themselves give security 
for them & give y« parish officers notice before 
they entertain any. 

Signed J Ballard, curate, and others 

• N Brady Rector signs the Minutes, which pro- 
vide: that y« sum of 14 shillings & yd charged 
to the parish by the Justices for building a new 
Bridge over the Mole at Burford in Mickleham 
should be paid out of the Church Rate. 

731. Jonas Smith apprenticed at a cost of ^fS. to Jno 

North, Carpenter of Little Eastcheap. Morris Tailer 
apprenticed to W Bignall, Farmer at £^ 9 o.* 

The Six per cent of the South Sea anewty, in the 
names of Dr Lile, John Man & Thornton Man & 
by the Cession of Dr Lile, Mr Nickolus Brady his 
sucksesser in the Rectory of Tooting be Trustee in 
his room jointly with John and Thornton Man. 

732. Godards son apprenticed to Mr Dobson, a water- 
man j^3 to be paid in 12 Months 

That Barratt the Scoach woman should be paid 
20s to pay her passage to her husband at Giberalter. 

Tooting Graveny att a vestry held att ye Church 
June ye 11 (1732) and adjourned to June 12 1732 
it was a Greed that Mr Chambers shall be 
Employd to recover the Legese left by Sir John 
Maynard to this parish. 

733. Memorandum. Rec July .... 1733 of Mr Abra- 
ham Atkins late Lord of y« Manuor of Tooting 
thee Sume Twenty Eight pounds & the Sume of 
Twenty pounds for Twenty Years Interest due this 
last Midsumir in the whole forty Eight pounds 
the Gift of Sir John Maynard Kn* Deceased. 

* Not enough Bateman money to pay this. Overseers to make it 
j>, and be repaid when the charity was rich enough. 


52 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Note. 3^28 Invested in South Sea Annuities. 

(Memo. This is Entered more Largely in the 
Church Registers Book.) 

(Memo 1741. Jno Man havng died & Thornton 
Man removed to Bath, this stock was Transferred 
to Nicholas Brady, Brand Colt, & Antony Merry.) 

John Renn apprenticed to Thos Taylor carpenter 
in Lambeth. £4 paid. 

The 6f per cent, of the S. S. A. paid by the 
South Sea Company as an annihilation of the part 
of the principal stock of £137, to be purchased 
again at Market price to make up the sum of ^^137 
stock in the s<^ S. S. A. 

3^5 Maynard Charity (5 years) distributed (Part 
of arrears due 1724.) 
1734' jf 5 ditto due 1729 distributed. 

1736- £5 » » 1734 

1737. Mr Weston Apothecary to be paid his bill jf 2 4 o for 

Medicine for the Man at the Bull* who had Smallpox. 

Mr Gibling to view the parish house & give 
his estimate account towards its repairing. (2/6 
p^ for refreshments.) 

S. S. A. paid out some more stock, fresh to be 
purchased to bring it up to 3^165. 

1738. Goody Ansell to have 2 New Shifts to go into 
S* Thomas Hospital with. 

Parish Waits & Scales, bought by Mr John 
Gibling Ch:Warden 3"* June 1738. 

I pair large copper Scales; i pair small Brass 
Scales; i two pound weight; 2 Single pound 
weights ; i half pound weight ; i Quarter pound 
weight ; i Two ounce weight ; i One ounce weight ; 
I one half ounce weight ; i one quarter of an 
ounce weight; i one two dram weight; i one 
dram weight. All the above said weights are all brasSL 

♦ The " Black Bull " stood in the Broadway. 

The Vestry-Books. S3 

I 28-pound weight ; i 14-pound weight ; 2 
7 -pound weights. 

These weights are all Lead. 

I quart pewter pot i pint pewter pott & one 
halfpint pewter pott & one basket. 

Received 28 of Aug* y« abve said Weights 
Scales & Measures by me Roger Rogers. 

(Surcharge, Mch 14, 1744. Rec^ all the afore- 
said written Weights for the use of Mr Thos 
Shepperd, Ale Conner. Jno Loringe, Constable. 
Witness, Cornelius Weaver.) 

Nov 26. Agreed to putt y« Steeple into Surfitient 

John Colt, Anthony Merry & Mr NatW Weston 
to examine the accounts of the Charitys of Sir 
John Mainard & Su: James Bateman & report. 

Dec 25. 5 years Maynards Charity distributed. 

1739. Rob* Shipard apprenticed to W™ Gardener, Shoe- 
maker of Mitcham. 3^3 paid. 

That the Benefactions to y* parish of Tooting 
Graveny shall be Registered in Gould Letters on 
the pannells of the Gallery of y* Church. 

That all the penshuners of y* parish shall Repair 
to y* Publick Worship on pain of losing their 
pention every Sunday. 

(Note. Mr. Thos. Man designated J. P.) 

Walter Bignal apprenticed to John Lucie, 
Butcher of Leadenhall Market. £5 paid. 

1740. Jarvis Bellows to be sent to the House of Correc- 
tion, & his wife & family to be provided for, if he 
will not do it himself. The officers may spend 
£2 . 15 • o on redeeming his goods. 

1741. The Ch: Wardens to mend the Church portch & 
clean y* gutter. 

Edward Twine apprenticed to Thos Cogger, 
Blacksmith of Wimbledon. £5 paid. 

54 The History of Tooling-Graveney. 

£165 in old S. S. A. to be transferred to the names 
of Anthony Merry, Brand Colt and Rev Nicholas 

Richard Lane to look after the behaviour of the 
Boys at Church & to look after the Beggars aboat 
the Town as his business will admit. 

(Note. First Constable recorded in this Book.) 

1742. That Mr Grover be allowed 3^6 per ann : for 7 years 
certain for the parish House after it is Repaired, 
clear of all taxes. 

No persons shall receive any benefit from the 
gifts of the parish unless they pay the rates of the 

The necessary House of the parish house to be 
moved to the bottom of the garden over the mote 

That the bedding be looked over & if needed put 
into new ticks. 

1743. jf I. 10 o to be layd out for a Coat & Hat for George 
Gregory, Beadle. 

That the Random poor be allowed Necessary 
Reliefe by the Ch:Wardens who shall have a rate 
for that purpose in their absence the Overseers to 
relueve but to be immediately demanded again. 

1744. Town Pump to be repaired. 

That Mr Draper do settle his ChiWardens (1742) 

That each Public House do serve wine for the 
Church for i year & have the Vestries in their 

1745. £ I . 15 . 10 paid for repairs to Parish House (2/6 
paid to the Castle). 

W" Osby bound to Joseph Okam. 3^5 paid. 

J no Gibling & Thos Shepherd promised to pay 
their tenants rates as they had no certificates. 

(Note. — This prevented their obtaining a settle- 

The Vestry-Books. 55 

1746. £1. to be paid out of the Church Rate for Easter 
Tuesdays Dinner. 

ChiWardens to wait on Mr Brady & ask him to 
fix a resident Curate.* 

Mrs Jane Ansell demanded relief, her husband 
William being present did refuse it, the Overseers 
to prosecute as the law directs. 

1747. The Headborough to take the body of Mrs Miles 
before the Justices at the White Lion Putney, for 
assaulting the officers and breaking the windows of 
the poorhouse. 

The propper officer to apply to Mr Brady to fix 
a resident curate in fourteen days, or to be pro- 
ceeded against as the laws direct. 

(Note. — It is evident the Rector's son was not a 
resident Curate.) 

W™ Ansell (he had been Ch: Warden) came to 
terms with his wife & agreed to allow her 3/- per 

The officers to ask for the appointment of Mr 
N Brady Jun*" as Curate with a place of residence. 

That John Loringe be allowed £1.1.0 for 
doing the duties of Vestry Clerk 1747. The over- 
seers to pay it. 

Thos Earle was watched & removed to Bedlam. 
The officers to present the bill to his wife & and if 
she refused to pay to take an Inventory of his 
Goods till it was paid. 

That the Ch: Wardens provide a new Table Cloth 
& Napkin for the Communion Table & a black cloth 
pall for the service of the parish. 

That the Stocks be put in proper repair. 

The windows at the Gable end of the Church 
over the porch be enlairged & a casement fixed & 
a propper curtain & what Locks & Keys is wanting. 
* Nic. Brady, his son, signs as curate next vestry. 

56 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

The ChrWardens to wait on Percival Le¥ds to 
know if he will repair the Chancel built by Sir 
James Bateman. 

That the ChrWardens do have a chest made to 
keep the Register Book belonging to the parish 
enclosed with three Locks & Keys according to the 
Cannons of the Church. 

Rich^ Tuggey (a former Ch:Warden) to be 
brought before the Justices for not paying his poor 
rate. (He signs the minute.) 

At a Vestry held at the Parish Church of Tooting- 
Graveny in the County of Surry on Easter 
Tuesday April 12**" 1748 & adjoum'd to the Mitre 
in the same parish on the same day. 


That for the future the sum of Thirty shillings be 
allowed to be expended on every Easter Tuesday 
to defray the necesary Expenses of the Parishioners 
at their vestry for a Dinner etc and the said sum of 
Thirty shillings be paid by the Churchwarden out 
of the Church rate. 

Tho' Vincent Minister. 

Richard Wheatley ^ Ch : Wardens 

Rich<^ Tamplin* 

William Purplettt 
James Wilson, Jno Gibling, John Dare, W Grover, 
Jno Grenfield, Corns Weaver, Will" Palmer, Thos 
Shepherd. Jno Loringe Vestry Clk. 

To Mr John Loringe at Tooting in Surry. 

I just now rec<^ yours & acknowlege that what 

you call the Chancel & Vault is my property & 

belongs to me to repair and if the parish insists 

upon it I shall give orders to have it done. But I 

♦ Tamplin held the dual office. t PupletL 


The Vestry- Books. 57 

must own I should have thought that the parish 
would not have scrupled to have mended the 
Tyles and Windows for the conveniency and beauty 
of the Communion Table standing there, & which 
I am very ready to lett it remain as it is provided 
the parish will repair it otherwise sir I shall insist 
upon its being removed into the Chancel of the 
Church for I see no reason why I should be at the 
charges of repairing it especially if it were not 
neglected it would amount to so very a Trifle & 
the parish have the use of it. 

I am Sir. Your very humble Serv* 

Ja* Bateman. 

Castle Street, 

May 12, 1748. 

Ordered to be entered on the Minutes & deposited 
in the Parish Chest. 

1748. 5/- in future to be allowed for defraying the expenses 
when a Vestry is adjourned to a Public House. 

Richard Butcher to store his goods in the parish 
House for 4d per week (later on he was summoned 
before the Justices as a common disturber of the 
public peace. Anne Miles also for the same 
oifence; she had been in a like fix before, see 
1747). Mr Thos Shepherd to estimate for building 
a cage and watchhouse for carpenters work & W"* 
Puplett for bricklayers work for the same. 

1749. Mr Tamplin to proceed against Anthony Merry, Esq"" 
for non payment of O^ Rate 1748, and expenses. 

Mr Wilson to wait on Chas Bateman Esq to 
know What parish is to repair the road from the 
Common Gate on the way to Streatham. 

* This must have been an error on the part of the vestry clerk, 
for in 1748 John, grandson of Sir James, was the second Viscount 
Batenum, M.P. for Woodstock, and afterwards Master of the Buck- 

58 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

1750. A new gate to be erected at the end of the Church 
lane at the expense of the parish. 

Jno Kemp,* Benj Burdf & Rev N Brady to be 
appointed Trustees of the S S Stock, A Merry 
having died & Brand Colt removed. That a new 
pump be put in the parish well & be paid for by 
the Highway Surveyors. 

The 1749 Dole of Coals (the Man Charity) had 
not been delivered, the ChrWarden to write to Mr 
Mouillion for them. 

The Surveyor to repair the road on the common 
leading from Upper Tooting to Streatham as he 
thinks proper. The Overseers to take by warrant 
W™ Marr for begetting Mary Dodd with child. 

The gift of Thos Man (coals) distributed to 11 
parishioners and the poor House, the Vestry Clerk 
received a part ; he also participated in Brands gift. 

1 75 1. The son of Ric*»<^ Barrett to be apprenticed. £5 to 
be paid. (This was not accepted.) Mr Lardner the 
Surgeon to be paid £$ 5s. if he cure James Graham. 

Mr Shepherd to bring his Bill against the parish 
& shew cause why he do not pay his rates. (This 
had to do with the building of the Cage, he having 
a contra account.) 

John Loringe to bind his son apprentice to him- 
self. £^ to be paid. 

1752. Thos Earle being a Lunatick to be got into Bedlam. 

That Mr. Lewis or any other gentleman have 
leave to clean the Town pond at his own expense. 
It being considered a publick nuisance. (Mr Lewis 
did clean the said pond at his own expense.) 

(Note. This is the ist Year that the Election 
of Officers is recorded in the Vestry-Book.) 

* Sir John. Lady Kempe, his widow, married John Colt, whose 
property at her death descended to his two daughters, one of whom 
married Lord Trimleston, and the other Mr. Barnwell, of Ireland. 

t Bond. 

The Vestry- Books. 59 

iVov. 24. At a Vestry held at the Angel. 

Ordered. At the request of Joseph Salvador 
Esq and in consideration of ;f 5 . 5 . o paid by him 
to the Rector and overseers of the poor for the use 
of the poor of this parish. It is unanimously agreed 
that the said Joseph Salvador Esq & his assigns 
may hold & enjoy for his & their use for ever the 
piece of Waste Ground* leading from Tooting to 
Merton and now enclosed abutting north East on 
the Summer House of Frances Salvador Esq and 
pointing down the Road from the said Summer 
House towards Merton & containing by estima- 
tion six perches or thereabouts. 

(Note. This ;f 5 . 5 . o was distributed to 18 poor 
parishioners, the Vestry Clerk taking a share, like- 
wise several prominent persons in parish aifairs.) 
1753* W™ Middleton & Jas Costin to be set to work & if 
they refuse to take off their pay. 

Mr. Greenfield the Ch: Warden to give orders for 
making the four pews below the pew that was 
called Mr Westons' pew into Two pews of an equal 
heighth with the pews in that range. 

Richard Butcher to give security for his sons' 
good behaviour. 

The Surveyors to make Sale of the pewter taken 
by distress for non payment of 9/- charged to the 
Widow Launder by virtue of a warrant from the 

Rate made for alteration of pews (see ante) & 
Relief of Random poor as Maimed Soldiers and 

(Note. References to maimed soldiers often 
appear about this time. It was just at the com- 
mencement of the Thirty Years* War.) 

* This is scheduled in the description of Grove House Estate, when 
iffered for sale in 1843, ^ being held for joo years, from 1 751, at a 
>eppercom rent. 

6o The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Rich<^ Tuggey to be proceeded against for not 
paying his rates. (Note. This had not been done 
three months after, and so the order was confirmed. 
Two months later he was allowed 2/6 per week.) 

The ChiWarden for 1751 to bring his accounts 
for settlement at next Vestry, 
^754- ]^^ Loringe to wait on John Devons' master to 
know the meaning of his quitting his service. 

Man's Gift of Coal distributed by order of 
Minister & Ch:Wardens. Henry Smith's Gift given 
in Apparel by the Ch:Wardens. Parish Weights & 
Scales to be repaired & paid for by the Overseers. 

Messrs Shepherd & Garood, carpenters each 
estimated for reducing the four next pews in the 
line below Sir John Kemp's into 3 pews to accommo- 
date Mr Ryce* {sic) & family next to Sir John 
Kemp. Shepherd to do it as soon as possible for 
3^4 . 14 . 6. 
1755. That Mr Willcox the Church Warden do wait upon 
the officers of Streatham & demand the sum of 
Three Pounds Thirteen Shillings & Eight Pence 
for the Expenses of the Woman that was delivered 
in the lane leading to upper Tooting in Streatham 
Parish & and on their refusal the proper officers do 
proceed to a Legal Recovery of the same. 

A Vestry called re the Parish Engine. To Repair 
same and provide a New Sett of Leather Pipes. 

Ordered that Rich«* Wheatley & James Brown 
do examine the Engine & Pipes & give in the 
Expenses necessary to the same. 

(Note. That Twenty Pounds part of the Giftf of 
Joseph Salvador Esq. be deposited in the hands of 
the Church- Wardens to be laid out for the use of 

* Mr. Morgan Rice signs the Vestry Minutes for the first time, 
t This gift cannot be traced, but it probably bad to do with the 
salt of part of the Manor to Salvador (see p. 17). 

The Vestry- Books. 6i 

James Brown as he shall occasionally want it in 
his business.) 

The pales belonging to the Parish House to be 
put in necessary repair. 

The sum of 3^5 to be lent by the Parish to Mrs 
Brown on Two Securities, Mr Salvador jf i . 14 . 10 
Mr Lewis ^f 3 . o . o She to have the balance when 
bills are paid, £5 of Salvadors' Money to be given 
to the overseer for the Relief of the poor. 

1756. The proper officers do proceed a Gainst Charles 
Moody for taking in inmates, John Gibling signs 
as Vestry clarke. John Bushnell & W™ Ansell to 
have 3^5 each from Salvadors' Gift. Brand and May- 
nards gifts distributed on Easter Sunday. Mrs 
Hale to put her Son William Bradley apprentice 
£S paid. 

[757. £ 7 . 10 . o (3^5 Bateman Gift ^f 2/10/- from parish) 
paid to apprentice Anne BuUer to John Wood, 
Ginger Bread Baker, St. Thomas Southwark, 
Sarah Smith Daughter of Rich^ Smith, to be 
apprenticed to Mrs Agnes Dalmer, Mantel maker. 

£5 paid. 

Wm Betts (evidently son of the deceased sur- 
veyor) to have £$ from Salvadors* Gift and a loan 
of 3^5 from the parish. Mr Samuel Plumbe is one 
of the Candidates for office this year. 
758. Ordered that only those who do their own duty in 
person on the Road be admitted to the usual allow- 
ance of Beer, for the future by the surveyors. 
(Note. Anyone sending a deputy would thus have 
to supply him with refreshments.) 

That Mr. Graham wait on Mr S* Eloy & present 
him with a copy of the following. — To wit — 

At a parish Meeting held by adjournment at the 
Mitre at Tooting Surry on Friday Nov 3, 1758 the 
condition of the Footpath leading from Mr. Lewis 

62 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Farm House in the s^ parish to Amen Corner 
being Then by us the underwritten taken into con- 
sideration and adjudg'd to be bad and ruinous, it 
was at the same time moreover adjudg*d to be 
altogether owing to the said path being broken up 
by the Turnpike at the time of enlarging the 
adjacent Road, & therefore thought proper that 
Mr. Graham surveyor of our High Ways do take 
the first opportunity of waiting on Mr St, Eloy & 
acquaint him to the said purpose ; desiring him 
to inform what Reparation he purposes making 
thereto & when, that so agreeable to his answer 
we may on the said cause be determined to pro- 
ceed accordingly. 

Nov. 6. That the present Surveyor do with all 
expedition make a new Footpath from Mr. Lewis 
Farm House in the parish to Amen Corner. 

1759. jfs paid for apprenticing Joseph, Son of Sarah 
Akam to John Hastins, Collar Maker, S* Benets, 
Pauls Wharf, £^ for John, Son of Robt and Eliz* 
Gibson, to Johnson, Peruke Maker, George Yard 
Lombard St (Note. Rob* Gibson & Wife ad- 
mitted to parish House), warrants taken against 
several who refused to produce their Certificates, 
Henry Thornbury & family removed to their proper 
parish for not paying their rates. 

1760. That Mr. Lewis be spoke to & his resolution 
asked as to the payment of the Rate Granted 
Nov. 3, 1758, for amending the footpaths etc. That 
a Vestry be for the future regularly call'd the last 
Sunday in Every Month. That Weekly allowances 
to the poor be not paid to such who attend not 
Divine Service the Sunday immediately preceding. 

That Five pounds be allowed annually for the 
future for the Two visitation Dinners and fifty 
Shillings for the Dinner on Easter Tuesday to be 

The Vestry-Books. 63 

paid at the Expense of the parish and twenty 
shillings allowed for Dinner at Christmas. 

That five shillings reward be given an informer 
against any one, for breaking down the Hedges 
and other fences in the parish, to be paid on con- 
viction of the offender. 

That Mr Plumbe have leave at his own expense 
to convert Three pews lying between that of Mr 
Hammonds Servants & that of the Clerk into Two. 

That Mr Arnoll, and Mr Hart Churchwarden & 
overseer have leave to agree with Mr Angier of 
Mitcham to receive the poor of our parish and 
maintain all sent to him at his own proper cost at 
the rate of Two shillings & ninepence p"" head 
p*" week ; being first sent to him Clothed in new 
apparel. He afterwards to provide each in sickness 
and in health with Meat, Drink, Washing, Lodging, 
Clothing & every Thing else necessary for a decent 
support of Life free of all other Expense to the 
parish except the Two shillings & ninepence per 
week abovementioned. 

That Joseph Salvador Esq on payment of Ten 
guineas to the overseer of the poor, for the general 
use and benefit of the parish, be excus'd serving the 
several offices of the parish. 

The Mitcham authorities declining to allow 
Mr Angier to take in our poor, It was agreed that 
he take them to his own House in Coleman S^ 
London, on the terms aforesaid. 

Aug. 24, Sunday. Adjourned to the Mitre (qy 
Same day). That Mr Plumbe as Magistrate be 
desir'd to put the Laws in force with respect to 
any dogs in the parish he may receive notice of 
being bit by other mad ones, by getting such 
destroy'dy and as to all other, the parishioners be 
desir'd to keep up & prevent 'em from passing the 

64 The History of Tootinfr^Graveney. 

streets regarding all such as a publick Nusance now 
at this particular time that so many mad ones are 
. known to be raging, and as to any Charges 
Mr Plumbe may be at on this occasion, the parish 
hereby engages to reimbarse the same. 

The Poor having been transferred to Coleman S* 
under the care of Mr Angier the parish House was 
to be cleaned out by Nov"" for delivery op to the 
Landlord but he will if rent is paid to Lady Day, 
1 761, take it as it is. Vestry agrees to the proposal. 

That Mr Hart be desired to enquire into the 
expense which would probably attend a reparation 
of the Engine, and also the expense of building a 
cage for confinement of disorderly persons, of 
six feet square dimension & seven feet high 
(iVov. 28 £\o allowed for the same cage, employing 
Mr ArnoU & Mr Garrood to do the work). 
George Forth apprenticed to Thos Booker £^ paid. 

That Mr Plumbe be repay'd forty shillings laid 
down for procuring a Substitute to act as Militia 
Man in place of Richard Croxford, 

That the Overseer pay forty Shillings towards 
procuring a Substitute to act as Militia Man in 
place of Henry Thornbury. 
1761. Thos Butcher to be bound to Mr Newland, Carpenter 
of Horsley Down. 3^5 paid. Mr Hart delivered 
up to Mr Avarn the property of Thos E^rle, viz Two 
Large Silver Spoons, one Silver Tea .Spoon, one 
Gold Ring, Three pounds and ninepence three 
farthings in cash. Richard Son of Rich<^ & Alice 
Smith to be bound to Jno Coffin, of Streatham, 
Drawer & Cutter of Callico. 

Att a Vestray. Called In the Parish Church of 
Tooting Graveney and a Joumed to the Castell in 
the same place on Thursday following By Desire of 
Mr ArnoU thair Being Nothing to Doe But Drink- 

The Vestry-Books. 65 

ing a Cheerful! Glass and Depart for Good friend- 

Jn*^ Avam, Overseer ; Jn*^ ArnoU ; James Turpin ; 
Richard Wheatley ; Mark of t Mr Graham ; 
Richard Tamplin. 

Five Shillings paid by Mr Avam. 

(Note. This Minute is in the writing of J no 

That all Housekeepers be for the future prose- 
cuted who receive inmates without certificates of 
their several parishes. 

That Mr Brown put a new pump into the parish 
Well and the Surveyour pay for the same and 
charge it in his rate. Percival Lewis or any other 
person parishioner have leave to clean the town 
pond at his own expense. Sarah Palmester bound 
to David Doctor, Weaver, of Spitalfields. £2 10 o 
paid. Sarah Martin to Mr Springfield, Weaver at 
£2 10 o. Mary daughter of R & E Gibson to 
Mr Tutin, Stocking Maker, Bunhill Row at £2 10 o. 
1762, Fchy. 3. That any man living in the parish, and not 
charged vnth Parish Rates, on payment of Two 
Shillings and Six pence, into the hands of the Con- 
stable before the first day of March next, be indem- 
nified from all expences which may attend his being 
chosen a Militia Man, for the year next ensuing 
from the day above mentioned, so far as providing 
a Substitute for any one so chosen. 

Mar 3. That all Housekeepers be for the future 
prosecuted for taking in men & their wives or any 
person with a family. 

May 5. That Saml. Plumbe Overseer do sell what 
remains of Mr. Earles' in order to pay Mr. Avarn 
late Overseer money disbursed for the said Mr 

J^dy 27. It is agreed that if any person belonging 


66 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

to this parish paying Scot & Lot,* shall be Ballotted 
for to serve in the Militia for this parish, & liable to 
go, they shall have a substitute provided at the 
charge of the said parish, and allso all those persons 
dwelling in the said parish at the Time of taking 
the lists, & who do not pay Scot & Lot that have 
paid into the hands of the Constable, or Head- 
borough Two shillings and 6 each person shall be 
provided with substitutes at the Charge of the said 
parish, should any of the said persons be ballotted 
for to serve in the Militia for the said parish & 
liable to go. This agreement to be in force ontill 
new lists of the Inhabitants are taken. 

A Legal Decision. 

At a Bench of Justices at the fox & hounds at 
Croydon present Mr Hammond of the Borough of 
Southwark Mr Atkinson & Samuel Plumbe. When 
Eliz Gibson daughter of Jno Gibson of this parish, 
appeared for Relief at Croydon. She said that she 
was born at Tooting, had not been married or an 
apprentice, but had lived three years with Mrs 
Hodges at Croydon. Mrs Hodges declared that 
she offered herself to be her servant. She was at 
that time very sickly, therefore would not have her 
as another servant, but told her she might see if she 
could do for her, without any agreement for time or 
wages & that she thought herself at liberty to torn 
her away when she pleased. She did give her at 
times money but never any settled wages. We all 
thought she was not statute Servant & M^* Atkinson 
& S. Plumbe agreed to leave it to Mr Hammond's 
decision, who gave it his opinion that she had 
gained no settlement at Croydon. — Dec. ii, 1762. 

* When persons were taxed according to their ability to pay, Scot 
and Lot 

The Vestry-Books. 67 

Dec. 27. That the Ch: Wardens thank Rev Mr. 
Brady, Rector, for two Common Prayer Books pre- 
sented by him on Christmas Day last past for use 
of the Communion Table. The Overseer to 
procure a Bushel Measure properly & duly sealed 
for the use of the parish. 
C763. The vestry thanks Mess* Strong & Kilham for 
jf 2 . 2 . o given in Meat & Bread to the poor of the 

That the parish allow Mr Angier after the rate 
of Ninety pounds p*" year for which he is to take 
the whole care of all the poor of the said parish 
also all casual poor. An agreement will be draw'd 
up & sign'd between the parish & Mr Angier which 
will express the particulars to be pass'd & sign'd 
at our next Vestry. 

Articles being " draw'd " up by Mr Besley, they were 
signed by Mr Angier, and Mess" Plumbe & Rice. 

Five pounds extra voted. =£95 from Mid- 
summer 1764. . 

That an opportunity be taken to take a view what 
repairs is wanting to be done to the Church. 

{June 29. Mess^^ AmoU & Garrood appointed to 
take the opportunity & view the Church.) 

According to the Order of our Last Vestry Mr 
Amoll and Mr Garrood has taken a view of the 
condition of the Church. They having so done do 
now deliver an account & estimate of the Expence 
amountin to the sum of £95 12 o Mr Blagrave a 
Surveyour being order'd to make an Estimate of 
the Expence of the repairs of the Church do make 
It amount to the sum of £88 10 o. 

Mr Arnoll the Bricklayer does agree to do that 
part of the Repairs belonging to his business agre- 
able to the Surveyours Estimate. Mr Sheppard a 
Carpenter in the parish does agree to do all that 


68 The History of Toottng-Graveney. 

part of the Repairs belonging to him as a car- 
penter according to the Estimate of Mr Blagravea 

This Vestry have agreed that the Church shall 
be repaired agreeable to the Estimate delivered by 
Mr Blagrave the Surveyour & that the Church be 
shut up in order for the purposes above mentioned 
on July 25^ Instant. 

Mr Garrood produced a Bill for Railing in the 
Church which came to ^^6 . 18 . 6. The parish 
refer'd him to Mr Brady they having no right to 
pay it. In order to avoid any further dispute Mr 
Brady paid £2 lo*- Mr Lewis £2 . 10 o & the 
parish the remainder £ i . 18 . 6. For the future it 
was agreed they had no right to repair any part of 
the Churchyard, but voluntarily agreed to fence in 
that part which is next the Road when ever 

A Rate of 2/6 in the pound was then made for 
Church Repairs. 

That Every person in the parish having serv'd 
Overseer and Churchwarden as also the present 
Overseer & Churchwarden be of a Commitee at all 
times to inspect the condition of the poor of this 
parish under the care of Mr. Angier at Streatham, 
and particularly, that the Overseer & Church- 
warden will a few days before the determination of 
every quarter make it their business to go and take 
an account of them, in order to lay it before the 
Vestry which shall be then held, and at that Vestry 
Mr Angier be ordered to attend. 
1764. On Easter Sunday one pound, a gift of the late 
— Vane Esq was distributed in portions of 2/6 
each. Other annual gifts distributed as usual. 

That the Minister, Churchwarden, Overseer & 
Mr Hamond, Mr Plumbe & Mr Rice be appointed 

The Vestry-Books. 69 

as committee-meiiy to treat with any proper person 
with regard to repairing the parish Engine or 
purchasing a new one, and make their report at the 
next vestry. 

Monday^ Apl. 23. At a Vestry held in the 
Parish Church of Tooting-Graveney Surry and 
adjoum'd to the Mitre in the said Parish the same 

Mem. The Annual Gift of laac (sic) Brand Esq 
was given to the twelve following Persons on 
Easter Sunday 1764 of 5* each. 

Jno: Sheppard. Will"" Herbert. 

Th: Beesley. Rob* Sheppard. 

Rich^ Smith. John Grey. 

Wid'^ Signal. W" Ansel. 

Maurice Taylor. Wid: Gibson. 

Jam* Brown. Sam: Gibring. 

At the same time was given Sir Ja. Maynard's 
one years interest to the following persons of Two 
Shillings & 6^ each. 

Rebec: Varley, Jane Gibson, Marg. Butcher, 
Wid: Akam, Wid: Torine, Tho: Palmer, Eliza 
Read, Wid : Griffiths. 

That Mrs Francis be ordered to bring her cer- 
tiBcate before May 5 1764 the Bench day at Putney, 
that Mr Boston be likewise ordered to bring his 
Certificate and they be desired not to Receive any 
Lodgers who are not Parishoners. 

That Mr ArnoU agrees to finish the plaistering of 
the Church and promises to do it as it should be, 
which when compleeted Mr Plumbe Churchwarden 
is desir'd to pay him the Ballance of his Bill 

That Mr Sheppard put a Door in front of the 
Church of 2 inches thick instead of that allready 
there of one inch, being according to his contract 

JO The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

which when done he is to be paid the Ballance of 
his account of ;£'3 . ig . o 

Signed Thos: Barrow, Curate. 

Sam^ Plumbe, Churchwarden. 
Peter Hamond. 
Thos: Walker. 
Franc Willcox, Jn® Avarn, James Duncan, W 
Betts, W°* Wellor, Thos Garrood, Jn*> Greenfidd, 
Jno' Arnoll. 
Countersigned in the margin. 

five shillings Sam^ Plumbe Church Warden. 
Memorand : Mr Man's Gift of Coals was distri- 
buted by order of the Minister & Churchwardens 
by Half Chaldrons June. i8, 1764, to the following 
persons : — 

Richard Smith, W" Ansel, Rob* Shepherd, 
Sarah Akam, Hen: Thornbury, W™ Herbert, Maun 
Taylor, Jno: Shepherd, Jam: Brown, ThosBeesley, 
Jno: Grey, Mary Bignal 

Vestry Minutes. 
1765— 1787. 

1765. The Constables to fix notes in most PubUck places 
in the parrish to Warne stroking beggars to quit the 
parrish. The Ch: Warden to enquire cost of an 
umbrella proper for the Service of Funerals. (It 
cost £1 8*). Mr Palmer by consent of Mr Sal- 
vador, to divide the Gallery of Three seats into Two 
of equal size, he to occupy one. Mr. AmoU to 
make an arched drain of brickwork 2 ft wide across 
the Highway R^ between the Houses of Mr 
Kempton & Mrs Wheatley, at a cost of £4 . 4 0. 

1766. Frances HoUicks bound to Mrs Collins, Mantua 

Maker, Dean S^ £5 paid. That Mr Lewis be 
acquainted that it is the resolution of this parish 

The Vestry-Books, 71 

to allow Mr Lewis Twenty Shillings every year 
towards the repairs of the Gate etc, of the Common 
& Common field, provided Mr Lewis will support 
them in their right to Commonage, & to allow no 
other person or persons to partake of the same but 
those living in the said parish. The exciseman 
Mr Laney having taken Mr Shepherd's House, to 
be examined as to his settlement. 

. Mr Walker to wait on the Rev Mr Brady & ask if 
he w** make good ye fences of y« Church yard. 
The officers to seek a House for the poor. 

(Note. Angier had been unsatisfactory for some 
time. The overseers found that he did not fulfil 
his part of the contract.) 

The Surveyors to erect a Lamp and to keep it 
alight from Michaelmas to Lady Day (position not 
stated). (Note. From this point the Minutes, 
having reference to the erection of the Poor House, 
will be found as a separate Chapter.) 

The Vestry resolves that no act of the Vestry in- 
volving an expense of £20 or upwards shall be 
valid unless confirmed by a second vestry, of which 
proper notice has been given. (For reason see 
Poor House chapter.) 

. Only Rev Mr Brady remaining of the Trustees to 
the Bateman Charity, Mess" Sam^ Plumbe, Morgan 
Rice & Jno. Rogers were added . . Mr Salvador 
having given a piece of land to be taken into the 
Public Road, to return in part this favour we give 
up any right the parish may have to a small part 
of the waste running from Mr Salvadors' Failing 
to the corner of Mr Tamplin's House, & Mr Rice, as 
Lord of the Manor, consents to the same. Saving 
the right of the late Lady Kemp's Heirs to a 
passage to a field. 
The great number of Hoggs continually being at 

72 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

large in the parish cause a great nuisance as well as 
damage to the inhabitants. Therefore this Vestry 
in the name of the parish is determined to indict 
the owners of those Hoggs, that for the future are 
at large in the parish. 
1769. Mr Waller to make an estimate of Cost of repairing 
the Engine & Keeping it in Order. (3^7 • 16 . 8 was 
the cost.) The Trustees for the Bateman Charity 
(see ante) to have Stock Transferred from Ex" of 
the Late Mr Brady. The Ch: Wardens to deliver the 
Key of the Engine to Mr Plumbe. Mr Garrood to 
make the Engine House proper for the Engine, and 
a person (to) have £2 .2.0a year to keep the Engine 
in proper repair. W™ Gibling to be bound to James 
Smith of Woolwich, Barber. £5 paid. JohnWallis 
natural son of Elizabeth West to be bound to 
Thomas Graham, Farmer, Sutton, & he to be pro- 
perly cloathed by the parish. 3^5 paid. The officers 
to be stringent in their search for those who have 
no settlement & that they walk up the Church Lane 
to the Common. (Note. Vagrants and random 
poor would fix themselves on the border of a parish, 
and at the approach of the officials remove over the 

1770. Geo: & Edw: Martin bound at £5 each. Mr Sal- 
vador permitted to empty the Town Pond at his 
own expense. 

Mr Graham, the Brewer, refuses to do his duty or 
pay the compromise to the Highways. Enquiry 
to be made as to his liability & a distraint made. 
Mr Rice to be applied to, to rail in the Town Pond. 

1771. That W Middleton* be not shaved at the expense 

of the Parish. That the bounds of the parish be 
traversed at a cost of £ 2 . 5 . o. That part of the 
Church-Yard joining the Glebe field, to be pailed 

* He was in the Workhouse. 

The Vestry-Books. 73 

with a good oak fence at the discresion {sic) of the 

Dec. 26. That the officer do enquire after a person 
for to be a Beedle (stc) for the sum of Two Pounds 
Two Shillings a year, with a Coat and Hat, and to 
be brought to the next Vestry to know his qualifi- 

(The Vestry met on 2gth, and the Minutes do 
not record the appearance of a suitable person; 
but, to show their anxiety for peace, they agree that 
proper staves be provided for the peace officer.) 
2. That the Rector and Vestry were not always on 
good terms is evident, as at a Vestry held April 
21, it was — 

Ordered that the Reverend Doctor Allen on not 
paying his rates as assesed be proceeded against 
A Cording to Law. 

Signed John Cover, ChrWarden. 
John Loringe, Overseer 
& others. 

The Vestry decided that all persons should be 
rated on their full Rent. 

Mr Loringe not wishing to serve as Ch: Warden 
Mr Croger was elected, provided Dr Allen approved 
of him. Mr Bosten was to enquire why Mr Rogers 
would not pay his rates for the Tithe of the parish 
so the matter could be settled, amicably. Mr 
Bosten to apply to Mr Distant to lay down a case 
for Counsels opinion in regard to Mr Rich^ Panton 
Mr John Rogers & Mr Mark BelL 

The Cage & Stocks to be put in repaire & Mr 
Crouger the Ch: Warden do By the last addition of 
Burns Justice, that the Weights Scales & Measures 
be Purched for the use of the Ale Corner (sic). That 
W" Ansells 3/- per week be taken off till further 
orders. (Note. Sadly one wonders if this is the 

74 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

same — and most probably it was — person who was 
Overseer and Churchwarden about 40 years earlier.) 

Edw Brown to have £5 to put him out apprentice. 

The Overseers to take proper steps to get the 
rates for the Tithes. 

1773. Thos Shell to be taken into the poor house. 
(Another ex-parish officer.) 

The Church to be enlarged or seats made for the 
accommodation of the parishioners. Mr Garrood 
& Mr ArnoU to prepare a plan for enlargement 
of the body of the Church. Subscriptions to be 
collected & the ChiWardens to wait on those 
parishioners who have not attended the Vestry, for 
their subscriptions, a faculty to be obtained from 
the Commons,* a vestry Room to be built at a 
cost of 3^35, & the piers at the entrance to the 
Chancel to be removed. 

1774, (A pretty little quarrel would probably be found 
here if it were possible to unveil the past.) 

At a Vestry call'd & held in the parish church of 
Tooting in the County of Surry on April loth 1774 
and adjourn'd to the Angel on Friday Evening 
next April 15th at 6 ock. 

(No Business Done. Spent two Shillings.) John 

On May i"* another vestry but Ridge is absent 
so is his co-warden, and the Rector, but. At a vestr)' 
held in the parish Church of Tooting-Graveney in 
the County of Surry, on Sunday the 8th day of 
May, and adjourned to the Vestry Room on Tuesday 
the loth Instant in the said parrish to inquire into 
the Conduct of John Ridge the parishes Church- 

John Croger, Overseer; Jno Avarn ; Thos Packer; 
D Bosten ; W" Witton. 

♦ Doctors* Commons. Faculty Office. 

The Vestry-Books. 75 

Then follows but undated : 
Resolved unanimously that the order* of the last 
vestry be Rescinded 

Anth: Thomas, Minister 

John Rogers, | 

T u r>-j }-Ch: Wardens 
John Ridge, J 

Richard Panton, Overseer 

Morg» Rice, W™ Henry, Thos: Brice, Thos: 

Cockayne, Tho: Willis, John Smith. 

(Note. It would seem that the question at issue 

was the two shillings expended. The next entry 

is undated.) 

Ordered that in future there be no money 

belonging to the parish expended in Eating or 

Drinking. Not anything appearing to the vestry 

in the least to Impeach the conduct of Mr. John 

Ridge the Churchwarden Resolved, that we do 

much approve the Conduct of the said John 


Anth: Thomas, Minister 

John Rogers, Ch:Warden 

Richard Panton, Overseer; Morg" Rice, John 

Smith, W™ Henry, Jos: Overton, Thos Willis, 

Thos: Brice, Thos: Cockyard. 

May 7. The other Churchwarden in hot water 

as the overseers are Indemnified for any cost they 

may incur by proceeding against John Rogers Esq 

for poor rates. 

(Note. Both the Ch:Wardens absent.) 

Junt 29. Whereas the matter between the parish 

and John Rogers, Esq. concerning a distress in hand 

for the poores rates for the Tythes is now amicable 


Resolved that The goods distrained on of the said 

John Rogers be restored and that all Letigation on 

* No order recorded. 

76 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

both sides do cease, and that during the Rectors 
continuing to receive Three Shill* per acre in lieu 
of Tythe, the parish do agree not to charge him 
any rates or Taxes on The said Tythes, 

John Ridge, Ch:Warden 
Rich^ Panton, Overseer 
Sam* Plumbe, Morg° Rice, Jno: Avam, Thos: 
Garrood, Jno: ArnoU, John Rogers, Jos: Overton. 

1774. On June 5 the Minutes of a Vestry are first pre- 
sented in regular form. 

The notice as read at the close of Morning 
service is recorded and the Minutes begin : 

Resolved that the Minutes and orders of the last 
Vestry be confirmed etc. 

It includes a list of Contributors to the Enlarge- 
ment of the Church among which is Mrs Miles, 
widow of Rev Dr Miles,* the Minister of the Dis- 
senting place of worship in the High S*. Several 
pews were sold at £\o . 10 . o each. The Subscrip- 
tions varied from ;^5 to £2^. 

The lies to be laid with Yorkshire stone faced. 
The Tombstones and such others as may be found 
useful to be relayed. (Note. John Rogers gave 
£20. This was probably the reason for the return 
of his goods. See anit^ The whole alteration cost 
;^I92 . 10 and was raised by voluntary contributions. 

W"* Ansells' Effects to be sold for the benefit of 
his children. 

Mr Ridge to accept £\o from John Godman 
for the Bastard Child sworn to him by Eliz Best 
& that he be discharged from all expenses of the 
said child. (In 1776 Thos. Green received jf5 
from the parish for marrying this lady, who was 
described as a pauper.) 

1775. Jno. Croger's overseership was evidently unsatis- 

* See Biographies. 

The Vestry-Books. 77 

factory, for at the Vestry Meeting on March 29, 
1775, a minute reads : 

That the overseer {Rick^ Panion) do attend the 
next Bench day to acquaint the Justices what 
has been done in regard to Mr. Croger late Over- 
seer to pass his accounts, to take their direction for 
further proceedings. 

(Note. He had been absent from several Vestry 

(Note. Ap 25. The Account of Mr John Croger 
the Overseer for the year 1773 was examined & past.) 

Mr Alderman Plumbe, Treasurer to the Turnpike, 
to be permitted to remove the Watch House, also 
the Engine House, the parish not being put to any 
expense for the same. 

Mr James Walker paid £10 . 10 . o to be excused 
any further expense on account of his Bastard Child. 

Mr Grimstone, Headborough, surcharged 7/- 
he having charged for his time. 

A Vestry to be called to consider the Utility of an 
additional Overseer & Constable and to fix a salary. 

Mr Kimberys Bill as Constable paid. (There is 
no record of his appointment. Probably acted in 
1774 for Empson.) 

The Church to be white washed and all Hoggs 
straying in Town to be ringed other(wise) they 
wil] be pounded. 

Sarah Ansell to be bound to Mrs Revell of 
Scotland yard. 
76. Ordered that the Ch:Wardens do at the same time 
the Church be rewhitewashed & painted (and which 
is directed to be done immediately after Whitsun- 
tide) make a window similar to that already at the 
West End of the Church, also a Large Bible for the 
Minister's Reading Desk, with a curtain to enclose 
the same. 

78 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

That the woman that was brought to Bed of 
Bastard Child in Garratt, June 15 1776 & is now in 
the parish workhouse be taken by the Overseers to 
the Rotatiers* Offices in Southwark to be examined. 

That a warrant be taken against Heo^ Knee to 
iind Security for a Bastard of his, by Ann Gibling. 

Saml Plumbe Esq made application to secure a 
vault t under his pew, 11 ft x 7 ft 8 in. The Vestry 
agreed that he apply for a faculty, provided the 
Rector Dr Allen did not object, Mr Plumbe to pay 
all expences. J no Gover to receive jf 10 . 10 . as 
Overseer and Ch: Warden. 

Ordered. By the unanimous consent of the Vestiy 
that Leave be granted to W Lee to extend his 
front wall 17 feet by 9 During his Lease, upon 
paying a small annual acknowledgment to the 
Lord of the Manour. 

There appairing a rapped decay in the Ch:\Var- 
dens and some other pews, with one of the principal 
pillars of the passage leading to the vestry room 
Mess" Overton & Vidler to examine and report at 
next Vestry cost of repairs. 
1777. To take the sense of the Bench of Justices whether 
an exise officer is liable to pay parish Rates. 

Oct 27. Joseph Wilson of Ratcliffe Highway 
applied to the Vestry for a donation of 40* in 
consideration of his Marrying Ann Herbert a 
Widow of this parish, which was agreed to on his 
producing proofs of the Marriage. 

The passage to the Vestry Room to be relaid 
with stone, and pews repaired. The Lead gutter 
from the Vestry room being Stole and great damage 
done to the roof thereof, It to be repaired £s 
reward offered for the discovery of the Thie£ 

♦ So written. t Now in Ch:Yard. 

The Vestry-Books. 79 

£z . 2 o allowed to cloath Thos Ansell of this 
parish on his being bound apprentice to Mr Buck- 
land a Peruke Maker in the City. 

The decay'd wood to be given to John Gray, parish 
clerk, for his extra trouble in cleaning the Church 
after the workmen. That the old Metearals be 
inspected in to and a vallu put on them, also those 
in Mr Ridges Hand at the Time the church was 
repared during the time of his being Ch: Warden 
and that Mr Ridge have them at that Valleuation. 
8. Ordered that if the Tryell depending between the 
parishes of Tooting and Streatham at Reigate 
(Relating to the Inwood Family) Tumnates in 
favor of Streatham parish, the Overseers to take 
the Oppinion of Counsel on the same. 

That Widdow Besley be a loved a pair of shoes a 
pair of stockings & 2 shifts. In 1780 she is allowed 
2 shifts & 2 Aprons (the overseers thinking it 
necessary) & in 178 1 2 shifts & a petticoat. 

That Mr ArnoU be paid by the Surveyor of the 
Highways the Sum of Ten pounds for that part of 
the Drayn, leading from the Town pond to the 
corner of Mr Staceys wall for work done about the 
year 1771. (Note. Seven years credit !) 

George Young apprenticed. £5 paid. 
'9. John Graham apprenticed. £5 paid. 

The parish Clerk to be allowed a yearly salary of 
£2 on condition that he demands for the future no 
more than 6^ as his fee for churching of any 
woman ; Dr Allen also informs the Vestry that he 
will accept i/- from the poor of the parish for the 
same service. That is i/- Rector 6^ Clerk. 

Dr Alien, presents his compliments to the 
parish** and fearing it will not be in is* (sic) power 
to meet them at their Vestry next Tuesday, takes 

Surely this was the Vestry Clerk's mistake in copying the letter. 

8o The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

this method of transmitting to them for their 
consideration the above Memorandum, and of in- 
forming them that if they should approve of 
inserting anything of that purport, among the 
other minutes then to be entered the parish Book, 
it is his intention to take from the lower people 
only one shilling instead of twro on the same 
account. One Shilling to the Minister and Six- 
pence to the Clerk, is on such occasions the usual 
fee in most country parrishes, and as much as many 
can afford to pay, but as the Clerk cannot be desired 
to lessen his fee, without having some kind of com- 
pensation, a Salerey, suppose from forty shillings to 
three pounds, is therefore proposed for him for that 
purpose, and which had He a Licence he whold io 
fact be otherwise Entitled to from the Commons. 

Tooting, 2nd Aprils 1779. 

N.6. Fee is due for Baptizing a child in the 

Dr Allen nominates Mr Rice as his Church- 
warden. (Note. This is the first entry in the 
Vestry Minutes of such an appointment. The 
Churchwardens* Book simply records the appoint- 
ment of the two wardens.) 

Rebecker Varley to have 2 shifts 2 aprons and a 
pair of shoes. 

(Note. Rogers' Gift, see Charities, here recorded) 

Hannah Boothwright apprenticed. £$ paid. 

Aug. 7. The faculty* and account of the altera- 
tions of the Church was this day deposited in the 
parish Chest. There was a balance of £14 .0.5 
in hand. 
1780. The Late John Rogers Donation of £10 was dis- 
tributed. Mr ArnoU reports that the Vestry Room 

* This foculty and others mentioned are not to be Iband. 

The Vestfy-Books. 8i 

is in a dangerous situation, be to examine and 
report. Mr Jno Gover having removed, Jno 
Loringe to receive £io . lo . o as acting Overseer. 
The Ch: Wardens to repair the Vestry Room. That 
Mrs Measey have a Gown, Petticoate, Shoes & 
Stockings. That If Mary Peters child be living, 
the overseers to continue to pay 2/6 per week for 
the maintainance of it and that they inquire after 
the father thereof. 

John Gray, son of John Gray, allowed £5 to 
bind him apprentice to John Geary, of Stratham, 
Taylor. (Note. Probably Gray, the parish clerk.) 

Mrs Susanna Knight having sworn herself to 
be with child by M^^ John Ridge, bath been 

That Mr Chittenden be reappointed apothecary 
for the year at a fee of £10, he to supply the poor 
with physick. 

Charles Postlethwaite to be bound to John 
Cleever, a stay maker. £5 paid. 

John Mellish bath applied for relief he being in 
a very bad state of health and his wife ready to 
Lye in of her seventh child. Ordered, that they be 
allowed 5/- per week. 1783. Further Relief granted 
he having Rheumaticisim. 

781. Ordered That the Church Wardens provide an 

Umbrella for the service of the parish. 

Mr Chittenden certified that Mrs Thomas died 
a " Natural death " and that the overseers should 
bury her. 

The surveyors to open and clean the Arch Sewer 
from the Town Pond to Garratt Lane. 

782. The parish had trouble over its poor. — 

St. Georges Southwark appealed re Sarah Read. 
Mr Mason to defend Tooting re Robert Harts 
children at Putney, the Mother & Two Daughters 


82 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

to be examined relative to an injury they had 
received, the offender (John Gibbens) to be pro- 
secuted (he was discharged). Mr Masons opinion 
to be taken as to an appeal. 

Mr Haworth requires sittings in the Gallery for 
which he is willing to pay. Dr Allen agrees. 
Smithy Rogers, Maynard & Brands Gifts dis- 
tributed. Mr Isaac Wood requires space in the 

1782. Mr Morgan Rice has been absent for some time 
from the Vestry. (It is evident that there is trouble 
in the air.) 

It is ordered that Mr Jefferys, Mr Stracey, Mr 
Lalande, Mr Evans & Mr Willis, meet Mr Rice and 
settle the overcharge in relation to his Rates, & 
if any of the above gentlemen cannot go others 
shall be selected and their decision final. 

June 26. Vestry called but public interest did not 
suffice to get enough together to transact business. 

July 2. Mess" Stracey, Jefferys, Evans and 
Lelande reported " they had met Mr Rice and they 
suggested (that) Grove House should be exonerated. 
Hill House assessed the whole year. The land, late 
Salvadors', for the last \ year £70. In future 35/- 
per acre. The land, late Rogers', ^f 100 for the last 
\ yr but 32/- to be deducted for every acre he lets." 

1783. Resolved that the Pond at the end of Garratt Lane 
opposite Mr Timson and Mr Straceys be filled up. It 
being a common nusence, and that the water be 
conducted by a proper drain with a Cess-pool into 
the Sewer down Garratt Lane. (John Clarke signs 
this Vestry minute.) 

In May a Vestry was called to take into con- 
sideration the education of the children of this 
Parish. 3^35 to be expended in the hire of a 
proper person as schoolmaster, and a proper place 

The Vestry-Books. 83 

to hold the school in. To be paid out of the 
Poors Rate. The Rector Ch:Wardens & five 
Gentlemen viz Mess" John Evans, John Clarke, 
W" Timson, Morgan Rice & W Whitear, to be a 
Committee of Management. 

The Mone}rs collected at the Sacraipent from 
June 1783 — to Ap '84 £4 . 18 . o and gave away. 

1784, June 6. A motion was made by Mr Clarke and 

seconded by Mr Avam that a Beadle be appointed 
for the use of the said parish w^ passed unani- 
mously in the affirmative. 

Jvly 27. It was moved by Mr Holmes seconded 
& unanimously agreed that James Inwood be 
removed home to his parish, he not having any 
lease of the Land he now holds, nor having ever 
served any anual parish office within the meaning 
of the act of Parliament. 

Moved by Mr Clarke seconded & unanimously 
agreed that Thos Tamplin be appointed perpetual 
Headborough, Beadle and Bellman, for so long 
as the parishioners or the majority of the vestry 
shall agree to, at a salary of Twelve Guineas 
per Annum and that he be also given at the 
expense of the parish, a Gold Lace Hat and 
Coat"^ with a Gold Lace Collar, and that he enter 
upon his Office on the i^ day of August next. 
The Engine to be put into repair. 

Dec 14**. Notice having been given by the officers 
of the Streatham parish of their intention to 
stand Trial with this parish in Inwoods business. 
It was unanimously resolved to defend the same. 
The overseers were ordered to give Mr Brown 
the att^ the necessary instructions to enable him 
to carry on the cause. 

1785. Roof and Tiling of Church wanted repairs. Mr 

* Coat cost j£3 3s. 


84 The History of Tooting- Graveney. 

Milne desired a Gallery for his scholars, he to 
build one on the south side at his own expense, 
afterwards it was decided to be over the Vestry 
room. Clapham asked Tooting to join them in 
a Bill before Parliament, to empower the house- 
holders to levy an assessment for defraying the 
expence of Lighting & Watching from London 
thro' Tooting. Vestry agreed. (Fourteen days after 
this was rescinded.) 

This year the vestry Minutes record that Thos 
Whitear was Elected ChrWarden & Mess'* John 
Clarke & Joseph Overton overseers. (This is the 
ist Entry of the kind.) 

The ChiWardens to purchase 12 Leather fire 
Buckets for the use of the parish.* 

Chas Gibling to be bound to Jno Loringe. 
£^ paid. Thos West to be apprenticed. £5 paid. 
Benj West to be apprenticed as a Mariner. £5 paid. 

Oct. 26. That the overseers allow M" Perkins 50* 
in consequence of the Vilaney of Her Husband 
in Robing her of her Cloaths. 
1786, 18 Apl. Ordered that Mess»^ Clarke & Overton the 
overseers settle Mr. Brown the attorneys Bill, when 
they think most convenient to the parish. 

Sarah Perkins to be apprenticed to Mary Dean, 
Milliner of Barking. £5 paid. 

The ChiWardens to provide 2 Staves for the 
use of the Church. 

The Isle at the bottom of the Church be made 
into a pew and the font removed to make room for 
a Ch: Wardens pew in place of the present one. 
The old one to be taken into Mr Whitears pew 
he fitting it up at his own expense. That the 
Ch:Wardens pay for the singers books at a cost of 
^4 and in future everything in that department be 
put under the Beadle. 

* Cost;^3 15s. 

The Vestry-Books. 85 

Lucy Editor to be bound apprentice. £5 paid. 
[789. James Best to be bound apprentice. £^ paid. Mr. 
Chittenden to have £1 . i extra for Confinements 
among the poor he attends. 

(Note. The break here is caused by the book 
being lost.) 

Vestry Minutes. 

1804 — 1819. 

1804, Ap. 30. No person to be appointed to Collect the 
Land & assessed taxes, unless he do previously find 
securities to the satisfaction of the Parish. Thos 
Sanders & W™ Houghton nominated. 

A ug. 30. The cost of bonds to be bourn by the 
parish the Bond to be deposited in the parish Chest. 

Sep. 6. The ChiWardens & Overseers to raise 
5 men for national Defence as per 43 Geo 3. 

Sep,22. Theaccountsof theparish tobelooked into. 

Oct. 4. Arrears of rates outstanding £413 . 16 . 8. 
[805, Ap. 3. Dr Ravenhill signs as Rector. The parish 
fined ;f 204 . 6 . 5 for not raising the Men (see ante)^ 
a rate of 1/4 in the £ to meet it. 

To take into consideration the action of Eject- 
ment by Collier & wife against Edward Marshall. 

That Mr Turpin be ordered to draw up a case 
for the opinion of Mr Serg* Best, as to the Title 
of Marshall to the Estate. 

Walter Lord signs the Vestry minutes for the 
first time. 

Reported that Mr Serg* Best had given his 
opinion to the Case laid before him, and there 
appearing some doubt as to Marshall's Claim, the 
Vestry took into consideration the proposal of 
Mr Shepperd (Colliers att^) for a reference in this 
case, and Marshall having been called and did 
signify his consent to whatever was done by the 
officers and parish, it was moved that the whole 

86 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

of the matter be referred (by consent of Mr. Shep- 
perd and Mr. Turpin) to Mr Serg* Remmington for 
his opinion which is to be final in each party. 

June 6. Tradesmen lax in sending in accounts 
for goods supplied to the poor House. They to do 
it on I*' Thursday of every month. 

Dec. 5. General thanksgiving for Nelson's vic- 
tories. £38 . 15 . 6 taken by Mr Blake to the 
London Coffee House. 

Du. 17. Committee appointed to inspect the 
names of persons (rented) under £60 per ann. 
1806, Fehy, 25. Mr Lord to pay 4 guineas for the osc 
of the Gallery he now occupies. 

June 24. Bills to be distributed to occupiers 
concerning the law respecting lodgers. 

1808, Ap> 19. Holy Thursday perambulation to take 
place. (It took place on Michaelmas day.) 

May 12. The Fence erected by Mr Rose* is an 
infringement of the rights of the parish and he to 
remove it. That the parish officer be asked to 
consider the most eligible place for erecting a Room 
at the workhouse for the Sick & report to next 

Sep. 29. At the beating of the bounds Tooting 
gave up a part of Mr Galindes' stables & took the 
whole of Mr Nibbs dwelling house on the borders 
of Streatham parish, boundary marks to be placed 
at the joint expense of the two parishes. 

1809, June 7. Mitcham had put up boundary posts on 

the Common Fields in the parish of Tooting- 
Graveney, they to be removed into Mitcham parish. 

* June 9, 1809, a deed was enrolled by which, for the payment of 
;£52 los. for the benefit of the poor, Mr. Rose was allowed to enclose 
a portion of the Common. Messrs. Henry Baring, John RavenbiU, 
Jas. Blake, Percival Evans, William Houghton, John Gibson, and 141 
owners and occupiers, signed the deed. 

The Vestry -Books. 87 

1810, May 15. The better management of the work- 
house was the Subject The most eligib^ means of 
employing the poor would be Oakham Picking. 
Overseers to provide it and employ a person to 
instruct them. 

Sep. 14. Rev Mr Broadly having resigned his 
trust, in Rogers, Chivers & Batemans Gifts, Rev 
Dr Ravenhill appointed in his place. Mr Blake 
being deceased, Mr Walter Lord appointed instead. 

N(w. 8. The bill presented by Mr Craven for 
hanging the Bell was disputed and ^^15 offered him. 

181 1, Ap. 8. The Overseers to place out in situations the 

young and healthy paupers in the poorhouse as 
they may see fit, also that a Vestry Clerk be ap- 
pointed at a Salary of £30 he to find 2 Securities 
of Two hundred pounds each, a ballot to take 
place on Ap 15 between 4 and 8 Oclock. (Evi- 
dently the meeting thought well of the parish 
officers who called it, for:) The thanks of the 
meeting were given to the Officers who called it 
for their very able and upright conduct in ye dis- 
charge of ye same. 

(Note. The term *' Lower Tooting " is here 
used by a parish official for the first time.) 

Ap. 15. Vestry uncertain as to who can vote in 
the election of Vestry Clerk, so Counsels opinion 
to be taken. 

Ap. 16. A melancholy accident^ has occurred on 

* ''In i8i2,ata general Court Baron held on the i8th of June, the 
Lord of this Manor, in person, informed the Court that, in conse- 
qaence of the accidental death of John Harwood, of Woolwich, clerk 
in his Majesty's dockyard there, by being thrown from his chaise into 
one of the gravel-pit ponds on Tooting Common, on the 14th of April, 
181 1, a deodand accrued to Henry Baring, Esq., which was com- 
poanded at the sum of is. ; and the same paid by the friends of the 
deceased to the present lord, who paid it over to the late Lord of the 
Manor." — " Lambert's Lecture.* 

88 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

the Common, & as the ponds on it are anguarded 
a special Vestry to be called to take them into 
consideration. On the 30^ the Vestry ordered the 
Surveyors to see the Lord of the Manor and 
arrange for the ponds being guarded. 

May 6. The Vestry Clerk to give a bond of £"100 
to deliver up all books etc. when he goes out of 

May 14. The Vestry Clerk was balloted for 
Mr W° Houghton 34 Mr W" Turpin 21. Mr W» 
Houghton therefore elected & May 15 he signs the 
first Vestry Minutes as Clerk (and Dr. Ravenhills 
almost undecipherable MS. ends). 

A%ig. 8. 23 respectable inhabitants requested 
the Ch:Wardens to call a Vestry to consider the 
encroachment of Mr Rob^ Hicks on the spot 
formerly the Town pond and Tooting-Green, he 
having erected a fence without consent of the 
Vestry. The Vestry Clerk to write him that, unless 
the fence be removed by the 19^ inst, it will be 
taken down in order to ** litigate" his right of 
enclosing the same. 

The trees or logs of timber lying on the Green 
are a public nuisance. The Vestry Clerk to give 
Mr Hicks notice in writing that if they be not 
removed by the 19*** he will be indicted for con- 
tinuing the same. 

Mr Turpin, thanked for collecting the signatures 
to the request for a Vestry. 

(Note. This Vestry is signed by a number of 
the inhabitants, but there were present several who 
would not sign, including Mr. Hicks.) 

Aug. 21. No reply from Mr Hicks. The 
Ch:Wardens & Overseers are at the cost of the 
parish, to employ workmen to take down the same 
and that the parish indemnify those concerned. 

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(Note. Mr. Robt. Hicks was Churchwarden, 
and was thus indemnified for pulling down his own 

Copies of these resolutions to be printed and 
distributed in the parish. 

Sep. 23. Report from Parish Officers that the 
fence had been taken down on the 27*** of August. 

Nov. 8. A Committee of three, Mess" Turpin, 
Chapman & Overton to wait on Mr Bicknell to 
settle the dispute about his drains. 

Nov. 15. Mr Turpin had sent a letter to Mr 
Bicknell to say "they would call when convenient" 
and he replied verbally that " He could settle it 
without Mr Turpin's interference and he did not 
want MrTurpins assistance," but he writes Mr Lord 
as Ch: Warden " I conceive that the only difference 
between the parish & me (if there be any) respect- 
ing the Sewer in the fore part of my premises, is 
at what the work should be estimated, or what 
it would have cost if I had done the work myself. 
Mr Pickett who did the work thinks 2/- per yard 
sufficient to cover the whole expense on my part.*' 
He apologized for not receiving the deputation. 
"Those of my neighbours who are acquainted 
with some recent transactions which have occurred 
will think me fully justified in this act '' " hoping 
no offience will be taken as none was meant." 

W Bicknell. 

1812, Fthy. 25. Vestry re the "Tooting Green." Stated that 
Henry Baring Esq late Lord of the Manor intended 
to build 2 cottages on the part of the Green facing 
the London Road. The Vestry heard this with 
greatest regret as such an erection would be highly 
prejudicial to the beauty of the village & injurious 
to the health of its Inhabitants. From their know- 
ledge of the liberal character of Mr Baring, the 

90 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Inhabitants do not think after this expression he 
will build. A Deputation to wait on him and submit 
the resolution. (39 signatures.) 

Ap. 3. The Committee reported Mr Baring met 
them on the 17*** of March, he complained of ill 
treatment by the parish, asserted a right to part of 
the green and could- claim the whole. He was 
'' soothed " down by the deputation and then said 
he claimed it with a view to give it to Mr Hicks 
and should be satisfied with any arrangement Mr 
Hicks made with the parish. Mr Hicks had not 
decided which part he would have. Mr Hicks on 
March 20 stated the part he would have but the 
Deputation thought it too much, so on the 2*^ of 
April the deputation saw Mr Hicks and said they 
would agree to recommend to the Vestry to 
transfer to Mr Hicks that part only of the green 
included between the red lines of the plan annexed. 
Mr Hicks was satisfied. The Committee do 
not pledge the parish to this arrangement but 
suggest it. 

The Vestry adopted the report and a Committee 
was formed to carry it out and the best thanks were 
given to Mr Baring for his attention to the Interest 
of the parish in general and their regret that they 
were not sooner acquainted with his sentiments. 
To this Mr Baring replied '' that he had not got as 
much as he expected, still he would not object if 
they would pay for the conveyance of each lot of 
Ground and get that which is his properly signed by 
the inhabitants concerned to save future dispute. 
The sewer must be turned outside his part or a 
fair allowance made and he not to be under any 
obligation as to building himself or permitting 
others to do so, each party to have his lot conveyed 
as waste and Mr Robinson who was acquainted 

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with the case, to do it. If not he will revert to his 
original claim." 

Turnpike R° leading to Merton. 
Red Line. 

Miss Grellier's House. 

May 29. Mess" Rev J Ravenbill, Walter Lord 
& Rob* Clarke appointed Trustees of the part of 
the green conveyed to the parish. If either die or 
leave the parish, a Vestry to be convened to 
appoint a fresh Trustee or Trustees. 

92 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

June 29. Obstructions had been put on the foot 
path and carriage ways, near Mr Brown's and near 
Mr Thomas' house, and as the public have a right 
of foot path and carriage way over that part of the 
Common lying between Tooting Common Gate 
along by Mr Brown's and under Mr Thomas' Palings 
communicating to the Church Lane Road by Mr 
Dawe's house, Resolved that a Deputation of 7 
wait on Mr Brown and Mr Thomas and request 
them to remove the obstruction. If they refuse 
the deputation to take such legal advice as they 
see fit, and report to the Vestry. 

Aug. 26. Mr Thomas* Solicitor Mr Edw<^ 
Clarke desired to be present. Vestry opposed to 
his presence by 12 to i. 

Mr Thomas told the Deputation "he would 
abide by what he had done." 

The Deputation consulted Mr Robinson and as 
the Surveyors had seen the Magistrates concerning 
the obstructions and they seemed inclined to order 
the road to be restored to its proper purpose. 
** It was resolved to solicit their interference for 
that purpose." The court was doubtful of its 
powers and so officially declined to interfere, but 
as " citizens " unanimously advised that the parish 
surveyors should restore the road to its former 
state and should defend any action that might be 
brought in consequence. " This opinion of seven 
Magistrates your deputation think should be acted 
upon and they recommend the Vestry to adopt the 
report." The Vestry did so and the surveyors were 
ordered to proceed. 

Nov. 17^. " The inhabitants have enjoyed an un- 
disputed & unlimited pasturage on the common of 
this parish from the earliest remembrance of any 
person now living. We do not permit or consent 

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to any part being enclosed either of the common 
or waste land. The parish officers to take needful 
advice and to remove such part of the fence lately 
erected by Mr Thomas as may be found necessary. 
The parish indemnifies the officers against any 
action at Law." 

1813, Ap. 9. There was a deficiency in Mr Gibson's 

accounts as Land Tax Collector. He and his 
security to make it up. 

Sept. 22. Since the erection of the wall in front 
of the Rectors premises (wote; " The Rosary *' in 
Mitcham Road) the stable wall etc. belonging to the 
premises in possession of Mr Blachford are become 
a disagreeable obstruction to the footpath of the 
village ; It would be highly ornamental and a general 
accommodation to remove this. The Turnpike 
Trust decline to do it and so continue the improve- 
ment they so laudably began before the Rectory. 
As Mr Bush offers £1$ . 15 . o towards the expense, 
the Surveyors ordered to find the rest of the cost, 
estimates to be prepared at once and the lowest 
tender accepted. 

Nov. 2. A Pew opener required at a salary of 
jf 10. To be elected by Ballot. 

The Parish Clerk to have his Salary increased 
to ^15 and to make no charge for Winding Dial 
& Tolling Bell. 

The Ballot for pew opener resulted in Mary 
Wren 25. Mary Tindal 18. Jane Tristram 8. 
Mary Nash 5. 

(Mary Wren thus appointed. Evidently in 1813 
the parish was not acquainted with the '* Second 
Ballot" Mary Wren continued pew opener till 
she died in 1852.) 

1814, Mch. 14. The Movement which ended in 1833 with 

the erection of a new Church now began by a com- 

94 ^^ History of Tooting-Graveney . 

mittee being formed to consider the necessary 
alterations in the Parish Church, so many in- 
habitants being in want of seats. 

Ap, 22. Committee reported that by altering 
the pews and reducing some of the aisles there 
would be more room. Ordered to be done. 

Mr Ashby on the advice of Counsel had so 
much of Mr Thomas* fence as was needful removed 
That gentleman took action against him for Tres- 
pass. The case came before Baron Thompson at 
Kingston Mch 31. Mr Gunning leading Counsel 
for Mr Thomas told his Lordship it would probably 
take up a lot of his time. As the Judge had had 
several similar cases he complained of the waste of 
his time and asked the Counsel to Settle it out of 
Court. The parishioners present declined to do 
so, and Mr Gunning spoke for half an hour when 
the judge again stopped him» and asked for the case 
to be deferred. The counsel on both sides joined 
with the judge in asking for its deferment. The 
Committee agreed upon the condition that the 
case be not tried further off than Kingston. The 
parish in the meantime should enjoy the full benefit 
of the Common and Mr Thomas should restore the 
bridges he had destroyed. The expenses to abide 
the ultimate decision. Signed by Walter Lord, 
Thomas Holmes, D Blachford, W"* Dawes, M N 
Chapman, Rob* Clarke. 

Resolved that the house charged to Mr S Thomas 
and now occupied as a school of industry be ex- 
cused all parochial Rates while so occupied. 

Aug. 18. Mrs Goddard (see School Minutes) to 
have 5/- a week from the Poor Rate, in conse- 
quence of her age, and infirmities, and for the 
faithful discharge of her duties. 

Nov. 18. Mr Thomas comes with an offer of 

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Arbitration, but the parish says no, and asks him 
to suggest some other plan. 

Dec. 26. " That we have heard with sentiments 
of the greatest alarm and regret that an establish- 
ment for the reception of Lunaticks is about to be 
opened in the house lately occupied by Mrs Plumbe 
{flit large house in the frontispiece). That such an 
Establishment in the centre of the Village will be 
highly distressing to the feelings of the Inhabitants 
and will considerably depreciate the value of local 
property, we will therefore by all lawful means 
oppose the intended Establishment but should it, 
notwithstanding take place, we will then use our 
utmost exertions to get it removed. Resolved that 
for that purpose we will subscribe the sums affixed 
to our names." Committee Adm^ Rob* Montague, 
Mess^^ Lord, Clarke, Bridges, Chapman, Davis, & 
Ward. A copy of these resolutions to be sent to 
Rev. Mr Rice & Mr. Moyses.* 

(Note. Strange how history repeats itself! In 
1894 the house and grounds occupied in 1814 by 
Mr. Thomas are sold to the Asylum Board for a 
lunatic asylum, a fever hospital is built near the 
common fields, and the house which Dr. Lord 
inhabited is turned into a workhouse for Chelsea 
1815, Feby. 14. Great trouble in collecting the rates from 
small property. To obviate this and prevent people 
getting settlements by reason of paying rates, it is 
suggested to rate the owners of such property. 
Mitcham was applying to Parliament for powers in 
this direction. Tooting officers to get into com- 
munication with Mitcham officers with a view to 
the two parishes joining in such an act. 

Feby. 24. Mr Thomas proposes that the part of 
the Common to be enclosed is to the first footpath 

* Mr. Moyses was the owner of the asylum. 

g6 The History of Tooting-Graveftey. 

only, that is the path on the bank, between which 
and the road the Common to be left as it is, what 
he means to include in his own premises is that 
opposite thereto. Mr Elliot and Mr Dawes' and 
the Vicar {^ic) to have what is opposite their 
premises at a price to be agreed on. Mr Thomas Xo 
be paid for the same. The whole costs the parish 
are liable to Mr Thomas will pay and transfer 
;f loo 3 per cent Stock for the benefit of the poor 
of the parish. Resolved that the parish desires 
the matter settled amicably, but can listen to no 
proposal till he has placed the parish in the situa- 
tion in which he found it, by previously paying all 
the expenses incurred in the suit. Rob^ EUiott is 
among those who sign this Minute. 

ApL The Ch:Wardens have diligently searched 
the records and enquired in the Commons and can 
trace no faculty for any pew in the Church, all 
being free to the parish. 

They believe, that the part bounded on North by 
principal Aisle leading to the Communion Table and 
on the West by the Aisle to the Vestry Room, con- 
sisting of 3 single pews was originally the Chancel, 
and as such the property of the Rector, but the 
Blake family has sat there in one of these pews free 
of expense. The Rector agrees that Mrs Blake shall 
not be disturbed so long as she remains in the 
parish, but at her decease or removal it reverts to 
the Rectory, but in the meantime the Rector can 
occupy or let the pew in the S.W. comer of the 
same tier. 

The part of the Church where the Communion 
Table now stands was built by the late Sir Jas 
Bateman, and afterwards given to the parish. Mr 
Hodges has been permitted to build a pew there 
for his own use so long as he remain in the parish 

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or his family continue to reside in the house they 
now occupy, after which it reverts to the parish. 

Signed Walter Lord 1 ch:Wardens. 
Rob* Clarke ) 

May 5. A charge appears in the Overseers accounts 
for furze for use in the poorhouse, being paid to Mr 
Thomas. The parish allow the charge for taking 
the furze, but claim a right to cut whatever furze 
may be required for use in the poorhouse. 

J%dy 25. To consider the proposed purchase of 
a piece of ground adjoining the poorhouse. Mr 
Marcbant to attend the sale & use his discretion 
as to its purchase. £^200 was asked for it (about 
an acre). The parish declines to pay such " an 
exorbitant " price. 

(Note. They afterwards hired it as a garden.) 

J\dy 12. Danl Norris and Henry Cover selected 
as the two first names for Headboroughs were 
engaged in Military Service and so ineligible for the 
position. The list was amended. 
1816, Mch. 8. It is desirable to have a paid Overseer, to 
perform the active duties of the office, pay pensions 
and relieve random poor, attend monthly meetings 
of the poorhouse committee, attend the bench at all 
Law actions etc. Salary to be £"19 . 19 . o. An 
apothecary to be also appointed to attend the 
poorhouse, the poor, each Midwifery case, Vacci- 
nations, and accidents such as Contusions, fractures 
and dislocations at a salary of ^^30. Mr John Parrott 
was elected. 

James Potter to have £2 to return to his native 
county Staffordshire. 
1816, May 28. Mr Marchant presented with £1^ for his 
services as Overseer. 

Oct. II. John Trery to have £$ as Ale Conner, 
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98 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

1817, May 28. Surveyors to remove the projections on 
the footpath in front of Mess" Hambleton's agree- 
able to the consent of them and their Landlord. 
They also to remove the fences in front of Mr Geo 
Picketts new cottages. 

1817, Oct. 10. Mr Nolan to be retained by the parish. 

(Note. Legal advice seems to have been often 
wanted, re settlements as well as obstructions.) 

1818, Mch. 24. Marchant to have ^^30. The gentlemen 

on the Common complained of the bad state of the 
roady that is on a line with the park palling and 
from Church Hill to Mitcham Common. The 
Vestry do not consider these as parish roads and 
the Clerk to write them to that effect. 

Nov. 13. That the Surveyors be directed to 
prevent the gravel diggers endangering the lives 
of her Majestys Subjects by digging too near the 
Highways and footpaths and to compel them to 
make safe the parts already dug. 

1819, Ap. 30. Complaints having been made by resi- 
dents on the Common of the accumulation of 
water, the Vestry appoints a committee to see into 
the matter, especially the obstructions that may 
have taken place in the old water courses. 

A box to be provided for the use of the in- 
habitants of this parish to watch the Bodies of the 
dead in the Church Yard, and that £7 be allowed 
out of the Church Rate for this purpose. 

(Note. The Resurrection men were much in 
evidence about this time. In 1832 the " Anatomy 
Act '* closed their business, and from that date they 
were seldom heard of.) 

May 7. The committee on the Watercourses of 
the Common had not completed their report bat 
suggest '' an arch under the carriageway to carry 
off the water." 

f •• 

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May 10. Committee appointed to consider cost 
and mode of enlarging the Charch. Who — 

June 18. Report, " that a Gallery should be made 
on each side of the Church, a porch at the west 
end, remove the pulpit to the east end, for funds 
application to be made to the Society for promoting 
enlargement of Churches etc. That parishioners 
may purchase pews for the time of their residence 
or that of their family. That subscriptions be 
raised bearing 5 per cent interest until redeemed. 
That to meet this charge Pew Rents be charged 
for those pews set apart for the most opulent and 
most respectable classes of Parishioners (except 
those purchasing pews) and any surplus be laid out 
in Government Securities till a sufficient sum be 
raised to clear o£f the loan, or that it be each year 
apportioned among the subscribers in reduction of 
their loans.'* 

July I. No obstruction in Watercourses. Indi- 
vidual persons have made outlets for the water 
from their grounds, but it appears always to have 
laid around the gravel pit portion of the Common. 
Suggested that labour from the poorhouse should 
be used to cut channels to carry off the water now 

(Note. This book has been carefully indexed, 
but by whom is not stated. The water-mark* 
on the paper of the inserted index shows that the 
work must have been done some years later.) 

Vestry Minutes. 

1819 — 1836. 

1819, July 9. Committee for alteration of the Church 
reported that the Rector (Dr Ravenhill) suggested 
that the Ordinary would object to the erection of a 

* Smith and Allmott, 1824, Britannia and Crown. 


lOo The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

gallery over the Altar & Chancel so previous 
report was recinded. Mr Robins plan was drop'd. 
The Vestry resolved that Mr Smiths plan be 
adopted and a committee consisting of the Rector 
Churchwardens Mr Bridges and Mr Clarke be 
requested to wait on the Inhabitants to solicit 
subscriptions thereto and to get out a circular in 
reference to the proposed alterations. 

Sep. 17. That a perambulation be made of the 
parish boundaries on Oct. 7. 

OcU 7. Vestry Clerk enters that perambulation 
took place. 

Nov. 5. Surveyors accounts rendered jf 4 . i . i 
to credit of parish. Debts about £\o. 

Dec. 27. Ann Roberts to have £\. her children 
having had Scarlet Fever, and John Gray 10/- for 
Hospital expenses. 
1820, Ap. 4. Surveyors to wait on Mr Thomas and 
request he will remove any obstruction on the 
footpath opposite his premises without occasion- 
ing persons to go down into the gravel pit 

Ap. 14. That An Organist be Elected annually 
at Easter with other ofl&cers and receive {zo per 

Resolved that Mrs Showell be appointed for 
the present year. The Duties, "to attend the 
Church regularly in person on Sundays and on 
such other days of divine Service as may be 
required, and to instruct the Charity Children once 
a week in psalmody." 

Ap. 28. The letter of Mr Thomas's Attorney to 
the surveyors having been taken into considera- 
tion. It was resolved. That the parish can enter 
into no compromise respecting the right of way 
across the Common before Mr. Thomas' pre- 
mises, and that if the present obstruction is not 

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removed on or before the i*^ Day of June next 
the surveyors are hereby instructed to remove the 
same without further delay. That the Vestry Clerk 
be instructed to communicate the above resolution 
to Mr. Oldham the attorney of Mr Thomas. 

June 29. That a committe of 5 gentlemen (three 
of whom to be a quorum) be appointed to enter 
into an arrangement with Mr. Thomas or his 
SoK concerning a path across the common before 
his premises under the data contained in the 
minutes of a conversation held this day between 
Mr Harvey and Mr Oldham, Mr Thomas' SoK of 
which the following is a copy. 

" I understand Mr Oldham to say that he is 
prepared to propose that the present action shall 
be suspended on both sides by an arrangement 
between the two solicitors, that Mr Thomas will 
construct a raised footpath in the line of the 
present path through the gravel pit, it being 
understood that by so doing he does not waive 
or sacrifice any right, and it being also understood 
that the Defendant and the parish by using such 
path neither waive nor sacrifice any right on 
their part. This proposition will be made and 
accepted in the spirit of mutual accommodation 
on account of Mr. Thomas' present ill state of 
Health. Upon this arrangement being completed 
Mr Thomas may put up his chains again. 

" Signed, John Harvey." 

Resolved that the committee be directed to 
turn their attention to all other matters con- 
nected with the Common, and particularly to some 
late enclosures. 

Committee appointed Robt: Clarke, Jon»^ Chap- 
man, Matt: Slater, Jno: Harvey, and Walter Lord, 

I02 The History of Tooting- Graveney. 

Nov. 10. That the Surveyors apply to the Trust 
of the Turnpike Roads to repair the foot paths, 
which are in a very bad condition. 

Surveyors again owe ^f 20 assets s8/2^ 
1821, Ap. 3. Mrs Showell re-appointed on consideration 
that her rates be deducted from her Salary. 

Gibling (Henry) to attend the organ at 4 guineas, 
and act as Beadle at 6 guineas, he to preserve 
order in Church-Yard during divine Service and in 
all other parts of village during Sabbath day. 

(Query : what happened if he was outside keep- 
ing order when wind was wanted ?) 

Aug 22. Trustees of Turnpike R<* to take a part 
of the ground to the North East of the pump and 
to a line with the finger post to widen the Road 
and that they be informed, that the paths for two 
years had been in a very bad state. 

5^;^. 22. A letter from the Magistrates asking 
for the app* of a High Constable with a salary. 
Resolved. — 

" That altho* the Vestry have every disposition 
to comply with the suggestion of the most respect- 
able magistrates of this division, they see no reason 
to depart from Ancient usage." 

A mad dog having passed through the viUage 
and bit several dogs, the Inhabitants are to keep 
theirs confined to their premises. All wandering 
dogs without owners, to be destroyed. 

(A primitive stage of the Muzzling order.) 
1821, Oct. 19. On Thursday Oct. 4 the parochial Officers 
of Streatham Mr Churchwarden Potter, Mr Sides- 
man Sharp, Mr Constable Withall & Mr Vestry 
Clerk Yeats. Tooting Mr ChiWarden Overton 
Mess''s Overseers Pearson & Marchant, Mr Surveyor 
Chapman and Mr Vestry Clerk Houghton, met to 
determine the line of Boundary between the 

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premises occapied by Mr Goodhart and Mr Webb. 
Agreed that 5 boundary marks should be put up 
at a joint expense of the two parishes leaving the 
whole of Mr Goodharts premises in Streatham and 
Mr Webbs next the High R^, in Tooting, the 
division to be in direct lines from mark to mark 
as drawn on the plan in the possession of the 
said Mr Webb. 

Oct. 26. Mr Goodhart having for a long time 
past accommodated many of the inhabitants of 
this parish with soft water from his ponds, and 
still kindly consents to continue such indulgence, 
by o£fering his permission to the parish to erect 
a basin upon bis premises to contain such water, 
the entrance to which shall be from the footpath of 
the public Road. Resolved " that this benevolent 
o£fer be accepted and that the unanimous thanks of 
this Vestry be communicated to Mr Goodhart for 
his Indulgence." 

Nov. 9. Surveyors assets 2/4^ Liabilities 
3^25 . 6 . 10. 
1822, McK 27. Mr Marchant as paid overseer to get ^^30 
Parish Clerks fees so small, he to have ^f 15 extra. 

May 3. 4/- per week allowed to Ann Welsh 
widow of the late Clerk. 

Mr Joseph Overton appointed ChiWarden in 
room of Jon^^ Chapman, he being a Quaker. That 
Rob* Clarke be appointed a joint Trustee for the 
parish Charities in place of D. Blachford, deceased. 

May 17. In consequence of the fluctuating of 
the rateable value, a committee of g appointed 
to revise the rate Book from time to time, and to 
report to the Vestry. (The Committee, — Church- 
wardens, Overseers, Messrs Slatin, Clarke, Hicks, 
Blake & Chapman.) The present annual value to 
be the basis of assessment. 

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1823, Ap. II. Resolved that all houses paying ^10 a year 
rent and upwards shall be rated to the poor and 
all rates enforced. 

Ap. 25. Henry Gibling (a parish official) to have 
^5 he having lost his wife and child. 

(Note. Notice given of a Vestry to consider the 
rating of owners of property from ^f 6 to 3^20 value.) 
May 2. The Turnpike Trust had more of the 
green granted, but the parish to have any road left 
unoccupied. The question of rating the owners of 
small property notice of which was given at pre- 
vious vestry postponed. 

William Blake & Family (evidently not wanted) 
to be removed to their own parish. 

Oct, 10. Thomas Freeman and Christop^ Gaston 
to be excused their rates in future, in consequence 
of their great age and having paid rates so many 

May II. Rob^ Hoggart elected to fill Mr Wilsons 
place as Ch:Warden. Counsels opinion having 
been obtained " That Wilson be allowed exemption 
from serving the office." 

(Note. As his name was Jonathan, probably, 
like the Jonathan of the previous year, he was a 

June 13. Turnpike R^ Committee reported that 
they had come to no decision. 

Oct. 30. Resolved unam: "That in consequence of 
the increased population of this parish the Church 
)rard has become so full that vacant place cannot 
be found to inter the bodies of the deceased in- 
habitants, without disturbing the remains of others 
before they have arrived at a proper state of decay. 
It is therefore expedient to enlarge the Church 
yard and that the Rector and Ch: Wardens be 
requested to carry this resolution into effect." 

The Vestry-Books. 105 

The Turnpike Road Committee reported they 
had interviewed Mr Bush the Treasurer of the 
Turnpike Trust. That he would avail himself of the 
oflFer of the parish & take their ground to form a 
Road 35 feet nearer to the centre of the Green & 
by placing posts and chains further from the 
bouses, to grant to the parish a part of the old 
road belonging to the Trust. This was agreed to, 
but the committee regret to say that the posts at 
the turning of the corner of the road were not 
placed as they considered advantageous to the 
parish or to the public at large. 

Committee to continue its labours. 

Nov. 28. Mr Jellicoe, Clerk to the Wandsworth 
Bench, sends a circular suggesting that the parish 
should contribute pro rata with other parishes in 
the District towards the rent of his office. The 
parish agrees, provided they pay on their rateable 
1824, AfcA. 12. In consequence of some encroachments 
having been made on the common & foot paths of 
this parish, a committee of 7 gentlemen be ap- 
pointed 5 to form a quorum, to inspect the road to 
see the parties by whom such encroachments have 
been made & to report etc. Mess" Lord, Hoggart, 
M N Chapman, Bicknell, Clarke, Slater & East 
were appt^. The same Committee to wait on the 
Turnpike Trust rt the repairing of the footpaths in 
those roads & to enquire concerning the footpaths 
before the Rising Sun & Mitre Inns and to re- 
present to the Trust their disappointment at the 
manner in which the posts & rails have been 
placed at the North Eastern side of the "Turn- 
pike Road " near what was lately called Tooting 

Ap. 27. That the Surveyors be directed to give 

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notice to Mr Porter to remove the posts and 
chains lately put up by him on Tooting Common 
& that in default of him doing so, the surveyors to 
remove them. That the appUcation of \y Bleg- 
borough to make a road across the common 
cannot be complied with. 

Turnpike Trust to put up Chains & posts out- 
side the Rising Sun & Mitre for the protection of 
the public & also remove the Signpost & Trough 
opposite the Mitre. Trust to put up Chains and 
Posts, from before Mr Grelliers, to before Mr. 
Bramgrove*s, to prevent carriages going on the 
footpath. The Trust also to have their attention 
called to the situation of the Butchers Shop nearly 
opposite Mr Lords, as they consider this an en- 
croachment and a nuisance. 

That the railing recently put up in front of Miss 
Grelliers House is an encroachment and that 
she be requested to lower the rails at least one 
foot and bring them slanting from the steps to a 
point at each end of the house and in case of non- 
compliance the surveyors are directed to remove 
them altogether. 

That the front of the new shop adjoining Mr 
Lords premises being brought out too £air is an 
encroachment and that it be altered under the 
direction of the Committee. 

That the Surveyors be directed to give notice to 
D"" Blegborough that the parish will not allow of 
any communication being made from the houses 
now building on his property, and the common. 

The Committee appointed March 12* report 
'' that right of Common is so limited in the parish 
that great care should be taken to prevent encroach- 
ments for the benefit of posterity." Remainder of 
report is dealt with in the foregoing resolutions. The 

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body still to sit. A Vestry was to have been held on 
May 20» but as the rains had made the roads impass- 
able on the previous Sunday there was no Morning 
Service and consequently no legal notice of Vestry. 
June i8. A Letter from Dr. Blegborough " ex- 
pressing sorrow at having g^ven offence, thought 
be was doing a kindness by improving the parish, 
had put up some arches 7 years before without any 
objection. The Lord of the manor had claimed 
1/6 per Ann: but nothing more." He again ex- 
presses his regret & penitence & asks for a punish- 
ment. If they will allow him to take away the 
acute angles he will do up the road & concludes thus 

" Hoping therefore that in their goodness & at 
their earliest convenience in order to relieve me 
from my present suspense the Vestry will decide 
upon what they wish to be eventually done on the 
occasion, I remain gentlemen 

Your faithful & obedient Servant 

Ralph Blegborough." 

Mr Porter of the Woodlands writes, that he did 
not know the parish had any rights on the Common 
or he would not have availed himself of the per- 
mission granted by the Lord of the Manor without 
consulting them. His Wife's health brought him 
here, but the North Winds were troublesome so 
be put trees in front of the wall & posts & chains 
to protect them from the Cattle. The Vestry, if 
they will view what has been done at a great 
expense, will see the beauty of the Common has 
been added to, & that what had been a bog before 
& mostly under water was a clean path, appeals to 
the Vestry on the score of what his family have done 
for the poor of the parish, offers to pay an annual 
sum to the parish, the right of enclosure to cease if 
payment should cease & finishes up with a statement 

io8 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

that altho* not within the parish,* the family with 
one exception deal with the tradesmen of the village 

Resolved — Dr Blegborough to pay ;f 200 to the 
parish to allow of his having a carriageway from his 
two new Houses into the Road. Mr Porter to pay 
2/6 per Ann for the posts & chains. 

That in the opinion of the Vestry the main cause 
of the late flood in the parish was occasioned by 
the narrowness of the arch of the Bridge across the 
road near the Work-hoase.t This resolution to be 
sent to the Trust of the Turnpike Roads. 

A ug. 20. Legal proceedings having been instituted 
by Miss Grellier against the Surveyors & others of 
this parish, in consequence of their having removed 
the fence lately erected on the foot path in front of 
her house in obedience to a resolution of Vestry 
Ap. 27 last — Resolved '* that this Vestry approve of 
the proceedings of the Surveyors & that they be 
directed to defend the action, & that Mr Bird 
Miss Grelliers attorney be apprised of the fact." 

Oct. 8. Parish alarmed at the number of small 
Tenements erected in the parish recently, a Vestry 
be called for the purpose of petitioning parliament 
to alter the laws of Settlement. 

Oct. 22. Vestry held & Committee appt** to 
draw up the Petition, which recites the act passed 
in the 35^** year of George III re the obtaining of 
Settlements, & draws attention to the jf 10 value 
then, being worth more in 1824 & suggests that 
they would only be carrying out the wishes of their 
predecessors by raising it considerably. 

A copy was also sent to the House of Lords. 

* The road is in the parish of Tooting-Graveney, but the hoases 
are not. It has always been a sore point that, although the parish 
has to keep up the road, it receives no rates towards it from the 

t In the eighties another flood occurred. 

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1825, Jan. 21. Dr Blegborough having paid £"200, he has 

right of egress & ingress from his houses to the 
road on the common. He to be allowed to make a 
road across the common to the private R** to 
Mr Haighs' House, and he is to keep the same in 
repair. The parish having recently enlarged the 
Churchyard at considerable expense the money to 
go towards that object. 

Ap, 3. Resolved that the Bell be rung five 
minutes immediately after the divine service on 
Sunday Morning.* 

Oct. 28. Mr Chapman and Mr Bicknell late Sur- 
veyors to attend to explain their accounts 
Mr Bicknell not having paid the ^'i . 16 . o sur- 
charged by the Magistrates. 

Nov. 4. They attended and explained. 

1826, AfcA. 3. A further petition to be presented to Parlia- 

ment (see anU) Mr Thomas to draw it up. 

May 3. Petition ready but Parliament shortly to 
be dissolved, it to be held over till new one elected. 

May 19. Parish officers to apply to the Magis- 
trates to order the authorities to test the weights 
and measures in the parish. 

Mr Lord having given permission to carry a pipe 
firom his spring across the road during his pleasure 
resolved that the expense be paid firom the rates. 

June 2. That no charge be allowed for the 
Sweeping of the Churchyard, it being part of the 
duty of the parish Clerk. 

Stj^. 23. Surveyor to draw attention of the 
Justices to the state of paths also dangerous posts 
on the road to Mitcham as they endanger the lives 
of His Majestys subjects. 

* Was this to tell the housewives at home that their lords were 
recnming, or to inform the publicans that they could begin the delivery 
of the Sunday beer ? 

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The Surveyors to discontinue Treating persons 
who attend to pay their Highway rates. 

(Note. This is the explanation of the charges 
at the Mitre and Rising Sun.) 

Oct, 27. Vestry astonished at the large amoant 
of uncollected rates. More diligence to be used. 

Merton parish Officers having written to Tooting 
Officers, as to applying to parliament re the rating 
of owners of property, a committee consisting of 
Mess'^ Clarke, Hoggart, Vernon, East & Lord, 
appointed to meet them & the Wimbledon Officers. 

The parliamentary petition (see anUi to be 
printed & sent to the principal Inhabitants. 

1827, Jan. 3. To take into consideration the Burglary 

recently committed on the premises of Mr Hook- 
ham & to devize some means (either by subscrip- 
tion or otherwise) to bring the offender to Justice. 
Resolved "that a Society be formed in the parish 
for the detection of felons." 

Jan. 12. Mr Thomas to have two copies of the 
petition engrossed & presented to the Houses & Mr 
Denison be requested to be present & support it. 

ApL 5. Election of Organist and Engine Tender 
deferred till Easter Tuesday. 

Ap. 17. Resolved that in future all officers of the 
parish be appointed on Easter Tuesday. 

May 4. Mr Clarke declining the office of Chanty 
Trustee (see ante) Mr Vernon Elected. 

June 22. Mr Wilson having encroached on the 
Common he to pay five pounds to the poor rate & 
the fence to remain. 

Oct. 5. The Vestry resolved that it is inex- 
pedient to apply to parliament for powers to rate 
the owners of property under — £ per year. 

1828. The Surveyors to turn the water course in Garratt 

Lane through Mr Perkins premises & to fill up the 

The Vestry-Books. iii 

ditch. They also to defray a moiety of the cost of 
erecting a wall at the turn of the water into Mr 
Perkins premises. 
1829. A well was being dug on the path opposite Mr 
Giblings and Mr Covers premises. Resolved that 
there it would be a great nuisance & will prevent a 
long projected improvement in the village. Re- 
solved that near the spot is a much more eligible 
situation for the purpose. Resolved that the other 
well now being dug near & opposite the Fountain 
will destroy the effect of a neat & pretty ornament to 
the village. The Vestry Clerk to submit these reso- 
lutions to the Trustees of the Turnpike Roads & 
to request them to place the wells in different 

March 27. A Memorial to the Trustees of the 
Surrey & Sussex Roads — " That the Vestry have 
grievances by reason of neglect etc. of their Sur- 
veyor. For several years after the act had been 
passed the Roads were neglected & the parish had 
to do them. That when they were done by the 
Trust, flints were used & people walked in the mud 
of the Road instead of on the paths which were 
rough. That when the parish gave up a part of the 
Green the Trust took more than was intended & 
yet did not improve the sharp turning & a well has 
been dug on the site over which the road should have 
gone. That the new pumps are in inconvenient 
positions one damaging the view of the fountain 
which is a very great ornament to the village." 

May 25. A Committee appointed to consider 
the question of allotment of sittings in the Church. 

June ig. Report — " that the sittings of Mr Durst 
under the Gallery be restored to the parish. That 
the Galleries occupied by the Schools should be 
restored to the parish due notice being given to the 

1 1 2 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

occupiers. That the Schoolmasters* & Mistresses 
in the parish should contribute to the cost of a 
Third Service if the Bishop be applied to to grant 
one. That the ChiWardens should be recommended 

by the Vestry, that all persons rated at should 

have seats allotted them in rotation according to 
their time of residence & that the number of seats 
be in proportion to their rating. That the Com- 
mittee is of opinion that still further room will be 
required, but they do not propose to go into the 
question without obtaining further powers from 
the Vestry." 

The Vestry Resolved "that the only way was to en- 
large the Church " and appointed 13 Members to see 
the plans etc and report. 48 parishioners present. 

July 30. Committee " reported that they con- 
sidered ^1000 would be required to enlarge the 
Church & should be raised by 5/- rates extending 
over 5 years and that they expected £"250 from the 
Society for Enlarging Churches." — Report adopted. 
1830, Mch. 10. Committee again reported — " that £1000 
would not do the work as the Church was so 
dilapidated. The patron preferred a new Church. 
They suggested that the idea of altering the old one 
be abandoned & the present one be taken down & 
a new Church capable of holding 1000 persons be 
built. Offers of donations as follows had been made : 

Rev Greaves, patron, & Mr R G Thomas, £400 
each ; Dr Ravenhill, Mr Piatt, Mr Bridge, ^200 
each ; Mr Elliott, 3^52 los ; Mr Clarke, Aid. 
Venables, Mr Strachan, Rev S C Lord, £50 each ; 
Mr Davis, Mr Davis (as Trustee), £25 each. 

Report adopted and a Committee appointed to 
make all enquiries. 

March ig. Mr Thomas by reason of his Dona- 

* Private schools. 

The Vestry-Books. 113 

tion be allowed to enclose 4 a. 2 r. 3 p. opposite 
his house, & 23 p. adjoining the Glebe field. Mr 
Chapman 3 r. 9 p. Mr Elliott to be allowed to 
enclose a part. 

(Note. So they obtained common land in return 
for their donations.) 

Ap. 13. Parish Clerk to have £20. Vestry 
Clerk £32. Candidates for Vestry Clerkship, were 
W" Houghton Francis Hudson & Chas Gibling. 

W" Houghton 61 votes Hudson 48 Gibling 4. 

May 31. Church Committee reported 7 plans 
sent in. They select one £4000 to £4500.* 

No funds in the parish available. Nothing ex- 
pected from H. M. Commissioners for building 
Churches, except remission of duty on Materials 
used, as the population is below the stipulated 
number, but help expected from the Incorporated 
Society for the Enlargement and Rebuilding of 
Churches, etc of about one fourth of the cost. 

£1725 has been raised. Mr Lord to prepare an 
address to the parishioners on the subject. The 
money in hand and the donation from the Society 
= ab* £3000 & the rest could be cheaply borrowed 
so that a moderate Church Rate would in 20 
years extinguish the debt. That an annual charge 
be made on those requiring extraordinary accom- 
modation, it being illegal to charge pew rents. If 
it is stipulated that for this extra seating a fixed 
charge must be paid, it will reduce the rate to be 

Rev R Greaves and Dr Ravenhill, having given 
a Site, in the Glebe field adjoining the present 
Church Yard, the Committee have applied to the 
Exchequer Loan ofiBce who altho' they have no 

* One a little more ornamental was suggested as likely to bring 
nore subscriptions. 


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Scale f inch to Chain. 

1 1 6 The History of Tooting'-Graveney. 

money now, will have some during the present 
session of parliament. 

Resolved that the more ornamental plan be 
adopted and the Committee ordered to get to 

June i8. The surveyors to wait on Mr Thomas 
& represent to him that it is thought advisable 
that his fence should be placed about 4 feet 
further from the road. That Mr Chapman has 
exceeded the ground granted on ig*** Mch & the 
surveyors to speak to him about it. 

Aug. 20. Both Mr Thomas and Mr Chapman 
complied with the request of the parish. 

Oct. 15. John Groves applied to the Vestry for 
£18 to pay his Debts and purchase a horse and 
cart. Not granted. 

Resolved that the parish is unable to support 
so heavy a charge as that demanded for the police. 
That an act for the purpose of Lighting & 
Watching the parishes etc. by rates to be made 
in Vestry, is quite enough for the purpose, and this 
parish desires to be relieved from the present 
police. And parliament be petitioned to repeal so 
much of the " Metropolitan Police Act " as refers to 
this parish. 

The Surveyors to report to the Magistrates the 
dangerous condition of the footbridge & they are 
asked to give directions for the repair of the same. 

Nov"" 26. Church Committee reported that Mr. 
Atkinson had made the required Specification & 
that the tender of Mr Hicks Jun^ had been 
selected. He agreed to erect for £'4459. and 
they were satisfied with his security, viz his 
father & Mr Jon^^ Chapman. The plans had been 
approved by the Bishop & Archdeacon. The 
Exchequer Bill Loan Ofiice would lend £3000 to 

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be repaid in 20 years, by annual payment of 5 per 
cent principal, and 4 per cent interest. They 
learnt that the Incorp : Soc : cannot do what they 
were lead to believe would be done & hope they 
will be excused for raising hopes which must now 
be moderated. They are gratified that the Church 
will be raised for the sum of ^^4500 or there- 
abouts after allowing for the Extras, from which 
certain sums may be deducted. They think that 
the total cost will only be a few hundreds beyond 
the estimated price. 

Vestry approved, adopted and thanked the 
Committee for their labours. 
Extras as Schedule. £ 

Consecration - - no 

Architect - - . 250 

Stained Glass - - 60 

Removing Monuments - 580 

Organ ... 300 

Iron fence Round - - 150 

Draperies - - - 50 


There would be credit by the sale of the old 

The Committee to continue its work and 
Vacancies to be filled up. 
:, lich. 18. Footbridge again unsafe. Surveyors to 
see to it and report to Magistrates. 

Ap. 5. Mr Walter Lord having declared his 
intention to decline the office of Rectors Warden. 
Resolved that the sincere and grateful thanks of 
the parish be given to Mr Lord for his dis- 
interested and valuable services for many years as 
Churchwarden 1799 and from 1810 to 1830. 

The Ancient Church of Tooting-Graveney having 

1 1 8 The History of Tooting-Graveney. I 

been found too small for the accommodation of I 
the parishioners, and also much out of repair, the I 
first stone of a new Church was laid by the Rev^* I 
Rich^ Greaves MA (patron of the Rectory of this I 
parish) on the 17^ of May 1831. I 

John Ravenhill, D.D. Rector. I 

Samel Curlewis Lord, D.D. Curate. I 

Robert Clarke & Thomas Watkinson, I 
Church-Wardens. I 

Thomas W. Atkinson, Architect. I 

Robert Hicks Junior, Builder. 1 

W. Houghton, Vestry Clerk. 
Walter Lord & W" Sims, late Ch:Wardens 
added to the Building Committee. | 

The present Ch:Wardens and Overseers to give ! 
the needful security to the Loan Commissioners 
for — ;f 2900 advanced by them. 

Oct. 7. That the parish in Vestry feel obliged 
to the Trustees of the Surrey & Sussex Roads, for 
the offer to be at the expense of paving the 
foot paths, provided the parish find the stones, 
but in consequence of the burdens already upon 
the parish, they beg for the present to respectfully 
decline their offer. 

Dec, 26. That a sum not exceeding £4 be aUowed 
for a Dinner this day according to Annual Custom. 
1832, Feby. 10. The Trustees, to be asked to remove the 
flints from the footpaths. 

That the Surveyors clear out the Cesspool, near 
Miss Grelliers House. 

Mch. 7. A committee to consider the best way 

to reduce the expenditure for the relief of the poor. 

Ap. 24. £4 for a Easter dinner. 

Ap. 26. Dr Ravenhill and Mr Lord resigned 

their posts as Trustees of Charities. Accounts of 

Overseers to be printed & distributed & overseers 

The Vestry^Books. 119 

to publish their accounts for Labor for last 6 

May 4. A Mr Burn, and the paid overseer Mr 
Marchant having a dispute. A Case to be sub- 
mitted to Counsel. Mr Burn to pay if he should 
lose^ the parish otherwise. 

July 20. Mr Bum paid up and so saved the 
Counsels fee. 

The Surveyors to repair " the Fountain." 

Jidy 26. " Mr Walter Lord having died, Mr 
Fourdrinier appointed on the Church Committee 
in his place." 

Resolved that it is desirable to have an organ for 
the new Church. 

The Committee to select one at a cost of not 
more than £"350 and to sell the old one to the best 

The Committee to allot the pews in the new 

Committee to ascertain best way of defraying 
the cost of the Organ. 

Committee to ascertain the cost of filling up the 
Moat, also of enclosing the Church- Yard. 

Sept. 21. Mess" Thomas, Treas^ & Atkinson 
Architect being away. Committee could not get 
together all the information required. They had 
purchased an Organ, which will be put up for £280 
ready money. The parties to whom pews are 
allotted will pay for it. The Moat filling would not 
exceed 3^30, but they suggest that the debris from 
the old Church will be a cheap assistant. That the 
Church Yard be enclosed with a wooden fence on 
the South side, Ditch, posts, rails & Holly Hedge on 
the Western & by a Brick wall with Carriage Gate on 
the Lane Side. The estimated cost ^f 135. Wooden 
fence the cheapest but its keeping up will make it 

I20 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

dear, and the wall is more in keeping with the Church 
an iron fence would cost £150. Report adopted. 
That the Committee be requested to consider & 
report as to an Organist & report to the Vestry 
what arrangement should be made for the late 
organist. The new one to have a salary not 
exceeding 3^42. 

1832, Oct. 25. The New Church being completed a £aicalty 

to be applied for to remove the Monuments from the 
old Church, into the new one. To pull down the old 
Church & to dispose of the material, & sell the old 
Organ, the proceeds to go towards the cost of the 
new Church. A faculty to be obtained for conse- 
crating the new church & the new ground around it. 

The Overseers to appeal against the removal of 
Weston Burn, from the parish of Merton. 

Nov. 29. Mrs Showell, late Organist, to have a 
gratuity of £'21. at Easter, when her engagement 
terminates, to be paid out of the overplus of the 
Organ account. Mr Oliver May, to be the new 
Organist and to commence at once to practice the 
children in psalmody. Report adopted. 

Mrs Showell be excused paying any friture 
parochial rates in consequence of her past services, 
provided she does not pay a higher rental than now. 

Dec. 26. Thanks given to Mr Wren for his 
gratuitous services as Headborough. 

1833. The New Church of this parish of Tooting-Graveny 
was consecrated on the 14*^ day of February, 1833, 
by the R** Rev. the Lord Bishop of Winchester. 

Rev John Ravenhill, D.D. Rector. 

Rev John Buxton Marsden, M.A. Curate. 

Robert Clarke & Thos Watkinson ChrWardens. 

Thos W Atkinson, Architect. 

Robert Hicks J^, Builder. 

W" Houghton, Vestry Clerk. 

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Mch. 8. The Overseers to farm out the poor as 
they see fit. 

Ap. 4. The Magistrates having refused to allow 
the Salary paid to the Overseer for 1831 & 1832 
in consequence of an informality in appointment. 
Resolved " that the sum of £80 in addition to the 
annual sum of £40 be allowed to the assistant 
overseer for the ensuing year as compensation." 

Ap. 9. W Restell to Wind the Clock and keep 
it in repair at One Guinea the year. 

Ap. 26. All persons paying £\o rent to have 
their rates enforced. 

May 3. Each defaulter on any rate to be sum- 
moned before a new rate is made. 

May 30. Ch: Wardens to pay £4. disallowed in 
Overseers account by the Magistrates in 1831. 
4y Jan. 31. Robt Puddick having encroached, to pay 
£10 and the parish will not disturb him. 

Ap. I. Several letters on the subject on Puddick's 
enclosure received and action postponed. 

Houghtons' Salary to be £50. 

Ap. 18. Puddick offers £3 which is accepted. 

Dec. 4. Report of the Church Committee. — Old 
materials sold £118 . 4 . 6. Old organ £"30. New 
organ purchased out of allotment fees. Certain 
pews let, by which £36 .9.0 is raised toward 
Organists salary. By means of a collection at the 
opening £64 . 13 . o. was raised " including jf 10 
munificently given by our worthy Bishop." The 
Lords of the Treasury return £520 .2.3. duty 
charged on Materials used. The Incorporated 
Society have refused the promised grant " as the 
free sittings did not equal their expectation." The 
cost of the clerk of the works was not estimated 
for and the wall cost ^f 135 more than was contem- 
plated. The Stained and Ground Glass in the east 

122 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

window, was presented by Rees Goring Thomas 
Esq. The Font and the Clock in the front of the 
Gallery, by Robert Clarke Esq. The total cost is 
£6247 . 17 . 1. £5473 . 17 3 has been received and 
paid. Balance due to Robt Hicks ]n^ the builder 
£773 . 19 . 10. Mr Hicks consents to spread this 
over ten years, with interest. 

A/c OF THE Church Committee. 




Robt Hicks Jr - 4684 8 ' 


Rev R Greaves - 400 

Architect - - 3M ^ 

Rev Dr Ravenhill - 200 

Clerk of Works - 226 10 

R G Thomas Esq • 400 

Lamps - - - 13 3 


Thos Piatt Esq - 200 

Stove - - - 25 

Thos Bridges Esq 200 

Queen Annes^ 

Robt Clarke Esq - 50 

Bounty - • > 46 9 


Aid. Venables - 50 

For Glebe T^nd - ) 

Thos Davies Esq - 25 

Law Expenses • 92 8 


Mrs Strachan - 50 

Sol'toExchqr - 7 7 

Rev Dr Lord - 50 

Coins in founda- ) ^ i^ 
tion stone - - ) 


Jn" Chapman Esq 100 

Josh Chapman Esq 5 

Dinner for Work- 1 , ^ 
men - - -J 

Mrs Baker • - 10 


W« Sims Esq - 10 

Stained glass & ) « 
Graining pulpit - ) 


Loan Exchr Office 2900 


Interest on Exch' ) 
Bills . A 



Duty ret<* on Ma- 
te rials - - ) 



Surplus of Pew ) 
Entrance fees - i 




Sale of old Church 118 



Old Organ - - 30 

Collection at Con- ) . 
secration - - ( 


Sub from Rob^ ^ 

Clarke (extra for > 26 


font) - - - ) 




5473 17 


R Goring Thomas Trcas' 


The Vestry-Books. 123 

The parish admits its debt to Robt Hicks & 
promises to pay i/io*^ Annually & 5 % interest on 
the undischarged debt out of the Church Rate and 
the Ch: Wardens to give a bond to that effect, by 
giving 3 months notice the Parish can clear the 
whole ofil 

A special vote of thanks to the Committee and 
especially Robert Clarke, Esq. carried unanimously, 
also to the patron Rev R Greaves, who had 
erected the Catacombs at the East End at his 
own Expense. 

1835, Ap. zi. Mr Oliver May not to be reappointed 
Organist^ no future Organist to have more than £30. 
The Rector and ChiWardens to find a suitable 
Organist in 3 months and then recommend him to 
the Vestry. The Clock Winder to have £3.3.0. 

June 19. £18 . 19 . 3 to be paid for a Curtain 
over the lower part of East Window. Auditors 
first appointed. 

Mr Pitman to be Organist. 

1836, Jan. 14. Church requires better warming, but 
winter so far advanced it is postponed. 

Vestry Minutes. 
1836 — 1850. 

1836, Ap. 5. Restell to have jf 4 . 4 . for clock winding. 

June 3. That it is not expedient to make any 
alteration in the mode of assessment in this 

1837, Jan. 5. Assistant overseers salary to be discon- 
tinued from Midsummer last, by order of the 

lich. 3. Parish wish to work well with board 
of Guardians but they think there is a balance in 
their £aivour judging by the accounts and do not see 

124 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

why they should be asked for £214. 8. So large a 
sum it would be impossible to collect in this small 
parish just after £160 . 16 had been raised, without 
inflicting hardship upon the ratepayers. Confiding 
in the candour and right feeling of the Board they 
submit this Minute for consideration. 

A Committee appointed to reassess the parish. 

Mch, 23. Guardians offer the payment to remain 
till 26 Apl. but the Vestry thinks, as in Dec. there 
was a balance in favour of the parish of £134 . 19 • 10 
and the last quarters expenses were j^gS • 10 . o they 
consider that there will be a balance in March and 
so ask for a lighter call. 

Mch. 28. Mr Daniel Norris appointed to Value 
the Workhouse Fixtures and Furniture and over- 
seers to sell same. 

June 16. The payment of the Vestry Clerk from 
the Church Rate not to be a precedent. 
1838, Ap. 17. That the Organist be not paid out of the 
Church Rate. 

The Churchwardens to obtain counsel as to 
legality of paying the Salaries of Church officers 
out of the Church Rate. 

Ap. 26. Counsel's opinion having been read, it 
was resolved, " That the Organist be paid out of 
pew rates and entrance fees. The Pew Opener out 
of Church Rate. Engine Keeper, Church Rate. 
Parish Clerk, Church Rate. Beadle and organ 
blower, Church Rate. Clock Winder, Church Rate 
Vestry Clerk, from Pew rents & Entrance fees. 

Nov, g. Mr. Alexander gave notice that he should 
move, that the Landlords of all Tenements let by 
the Week be rated to the relief of the poor. This 
was carried, the value to be one half the present 
rateable value. 

The Workhouse to be let for £36. (In 1839 
reduced to 3^26.) 

The Vestry-Books. 125 

The parish had a claim for Rates on the estate 
of Mr Jasper Burchett of ^f 35 . 12 . 6. and accepted 
£27 . 18 . 6 in full discharge. 

Ap. 2. A Vestry Clerk necessary. Mr Houghton 
to decide if he would take it at £30. 

A Committee appointed to see if the charging 
of Salaries on the Church Rate is legal and to take 
Counsels opinion if needful. 

The Keepers of the Engine to exercise it on 
the i*^ Monday in March, June, Sep, & Dec at 
12 oclock. 

Ap. II. Mr Houghton having decided that he 
would not accept the £30. he scheduled the Books 
belonging to the Vestry as 

Minutes of Vestry 1804 — 1819, 1819 — 1836, 
1836— 1839. 

Churchwardens a/cs 1804*— 1816, 1817 — 1826, 
1826*— 1837, 1838— 

Overseers a/cs 1801 — 1823, 1824 — 1838. 

Surveyors a/cs 1811 — 1824, 1825 — 1836, 1836 — 

Highway Rates 1837. 

Duplicate of Poor Rates 1812 — 1839. 

Charity a/cs 1801 — 1839. 

Register of the Inhabitants. 

Copies of Notices of Vestries 1818^ — 1839. 

4 Committee Books Relief of the poor. 

6 yy ,y Committee for Building Church. 

13 Books Various. 

Bums Justice 3 vols. Ditto 5 vols. 

,, Eccles : Law 4 vols. 

^Faculty to take down the old Church & sell the 

Materials and Organ. 
* Agreement for building the New Church between 

Rob* Hicks Jun^ & Walter Lord & W" 

Sims Ch:Wardens. 

* Not to be traced. 

126 The History of Tooting-Graveney, 

Policy of Insurance of the Church. 

Various Acts of Parliament. 

31 Packets of Letters & other documents. 

47 „ Bills & Receipts. 

The Vestry passed a hearty vote of thanks to 
Mr. Houghton for his conduct as Vestry Clerk. 

Resolved that the Vestry clerk's Salary be £25. 

Candidates to send in their names and the Church 
Wardens & Overseers take a poll, if needful. 
1839, ^P' ^8- The Committee (see ante) on the appor- 
tionment of charges upon the Church Rate, report, 
That the following can be charged to it viz : 

The Loan on the Church. 

The Repairs of the Church. 

The Expenses of Conducting Divine Worship. 

The Gratuity of the Parish Clerk. 

The Expense of Keeping the Church dean. 

Washing the Church Linen. 

Sacramental Bread and Wine. 

Monies disbursed by the Ch: Wardens by virtue 
of their office. 

Mess^ Penfold, Norris & Parton were nominated 
as Vestry Clerks. 

Ap. 22. Mr Penfold 80^ Mr Parton 70. Mr Norris 
resigned before the poll, Mr Penfold, Elected. 

Ap. 25. A Memorial to go to the Board of 
Guardians — That as Tooting have only 12 paapeis 
in the Workhouse and have to pay £59 . 3 . 9. the 
other parishes having 

Wandsworth 145 paupers - 

Clapham 119 

Putney 97 

Streatham 65 

Battersea 96 

Consequently the parish of Tooting is compelled 
to bear a very unequal share of the general burden, 















754^ Vestry-Books. 127 

a grievance from which they now solicit relief. 
The Vestry does not think the Guardians fix this 
undue charge upon the parish intentionally and ask 
for a redistribution of charges. 

Sep. 5. The Rector having left the Vestry, Dr 
Lord took the Chair and orders were given to 
proceed against defaulters on the Church Rate. 

Sep. 20. Mr Houghton no longer Vestry Clerk 
takes the chair. 

Oct. 31. W"* Penfold signs the book as Vestry 

Dec. 20. Mr. Withall to wait on owners of pro- 
perty under ^f 10 and arrange for the payment of 
rates by the Landlords. 

Dec. 26. The Guardians to be allowed to place 
notice boards for the prevention of mendicity, where 
they think suitable, 
o, Ap. 21. That having acted as Guardians of this 
Parish for the year, shall be considered a ground of 
exemption from serving one of the other parish 
offices, such office being at the option of the party 
who shall have so acted as guardian. 

May 29. That all resolutions of the present and 
future Vestries shall be entered in the minute book 
at the time of putting the same. 

June 12. The Collector to hand over his book 
to the Vestry clerk so he can make the rates in a 
legal form. (The Vestry was in doubt as to their 
power to demand the book, so the resolution was 

June 18. The Vestry Clerk appears to have 
come to loggerheads with the vestry for at a given 
point his entry of the minutes stops and Mr Mars- 
den the Rector in his strong vigorous handwriting 
Inserts as follows. Resolved . . • that Mr William 
Penfold be dismissed from his office of Vestry Clerk. 

128 The History of Tooting-Graveney . 

Nov, 12. The poor house to be sold and the 
parish officers to take needful steps. 

1841, Oct. 7. Mr Moyses two years in arrear with the 
'' Brand Charity." Mr. Molyneux to take legal 
measures to recover it. 

Nov, II. The poor rate falls heavily on the 
parish as the earlier one was late in collection. 
The guardians and poor Law commissioners to 
have a note to that affect. 

1842, Sep. 8. That 3^74 . 10 . o be raised by the ChrWar- 
dens & Overseers as a fund for defraying the emigra- 
tion expenses of poor persons having settlements in 
this parish, they being willing to emigrate as per 
order of poor Law commissioners. 

Titus Toogood and family vi^ : — 
Titus Toogood 45, Mary his wife 39, & Titus 20, 
James 15, William 13, Alfred 8, Eliza 22, Emma 19, 
Sarah 17, Harriett 10, Mary and Jane 6, Annie & 
Charles 4 years of age respectively, children of Titns 
& Mary Toogood applied for help to take them to 
Hobart Town. The Vestry thanked Messrs Jon" 
Chapman & Henry Burn for the great trouble they 
had taken in this matter. 

1843, Ap. 13. Moved that a Vestry clerk is unnecessary 
in this Parish. 

An amendment that a Vestry Clerk is necessary 
was carried by 8 to 5. The parish officers to ascer- 
tain from other parishes from what source a Vestry 
Clerk is paid. 

Ap, 18. That the Organists place be not filled 
for 3 months. The Rector & ChiWardens to pro- 
vide for the duties of the Orchestra for that time 
and then a Vestry to be called, to elect an Organist. 

The Rector to take the needful steps to recover 
the " Brand Charity." The Vestry thanks Mr. Bird 
for his gratuitous advice on this case. 

The Vestry- Books. 129 

June 15. The custom of allowing composition 
on Chorch Rate to be discontinued. 

June 23. Vestry holden to elect Organist. Mr. 
Edward Gunton & Mr Edward West nominated. 
Mr Gunton obtained 55 votes, Mr West 50. To 
use a cricket term Gunton scored 2 sixes, 3 fives, 
2 fours, 2 threes, 2 twos, & 10 singles, and West i six, 
I four, 5 twos, and 30 singles, by far the more 
popular candidate but the Rector's party carried the 
heaviest metal, and had the advantage of two 
Lady voters, while the other side only had one. 

1843, Od. ig. Mr Moyses paid the Rent Charge for 
Brand's Charity and arrears. (See anit^ 

1844, Mr James Barringer takes the chair at several 
vestry meetings. 

1845, ^^» 12. The Surveyors to erect a new pump (Iron) 

in place of the old one near The Green, & a Gas 
Lamp in the Centre of the Roads on Tooting Green. 

1846, Afoy 26. Dr Lord thanked for his efforts to keep 
order & for giving into custody of the Beadle, 
Mr. P * for his violent Language & obstruc- 
tion to the Business of the Vestry. 

June 19. Rateable value 3^8132 . 12 . o. Valua- 
tion made by Mr Meakin. 

The auditor had ordered the Vestry notices not 
to be printed. A parishioner complained of non- 
receipt and the Vestry decided that the custom of 
printing should continue. 
^84?! June 17. The officers to find out the lawful authori- 
ties and get them to complete the covering in of an 
offensive ditch in Garratt Lane. Tooting (Graveney) 
had already done its part. 

Aug. 26. Messrs Drouet and H Molyneux de- 
clined todeliver up the rate Books for the last 2 years. 

* This gentleinan brought an action against Dr. Lord for illegal 
^^Bprisonment, and obtained ^. damages. 


130 Tlte History of Tootittg-Gruveney. 

1848. Mr Drouet had enclosed some land in Garratt 
Lane without the sanction of the Vestr>'. He to 
pull down the fence. 

The Surveyors to put a notice ap " Rabbish may 
be shot," for the partly filling up of the Charch 
Moat, but the water course to be kept clean. 

May 12. Gravel to be had from the Common not 
from other pits, " they have a claim to the 
Common Gravel without Satisfaction." 

The old rate books (see ante) on view at last, 
arrears to be collected. 

A^S y- 3^25 to be raised to emigrate Jooathan 
Coombes* and family. 

1849, July 15. Rate of 3d. in the ■£. to defray the cost of 

filling up the Church Moat. The Bounds to be 

Mr. Drouet's residence called " Surrey Hall." {S« 
description of frontispitce.) 

May 17. Landlords to be allowed to compound 
on houses under f 10 . 10 . o per Ann. at half the 
rateable value, let or unlet. 

Mr Drouet (see ante) offers to put back his 
fence to the line of frontage decided upon by the 
parish, and the Lord of the Manor, 

Jnex^. The Committee reported that the appear- 
ance of Garratt Lane was so improved, that if Mr 
Drouet would put back his fence to a staked ontline, 
they should be satisfied. The Lord of the Manor 
wished to see a plan. The Committee to see him. 

The overseers had called the attention of the 
Vestry to their illegal act {vide the componnd- 
ing) but the Vestry stood their groand opon 
59. Geo. in. cb. 12, Sec. 19, and ordered the 
Church and Highway rates to be levied on this basis. 
* Coombes, like Toogood, was anxious to start life afresh in tke 

The Vesiry-Books. 


Novcfnber 16. Mr Ketch appealed for Salvador 
Row. Rent jf m . 10. assessed at £12^. Appeal 
0, Jan. 10. Mr D. Norris, Jnr. Chairman. 

Ap. 2. Committee appointed to investigate the 
Condition of the Organ and the cost of putting it 
in proper repair. 

The Church to be Insured for 3^3000 and 3^200 
on the Organ. 

May 20. The parish is so grateful to Mr Lucas for 
removing the houses, lately occupied by Mr Drouet,* 
that they only rate the land at £2 per Ann. 

f^e CTOM r H0U5£ 

The New Rectory to be rated at 3^60. The old 
one {see illustration) reduced to £30. 

Holy Thursday. The bounds were walked by 
the Rector, and Rev Dr Lord— A W Gadesden & 
George Rich, Ch: Wardens, Saml Martin, & Robt 

\xk epidemic of cholera broke out at the Infant Pauper Asylum, 
by Mr. Drouet at Tooting-Graveney, in January, 1849. The 
ters of the parish church show that 118 children were buried in 
:biirchyard between the 5th and 28th of that month. There 
interments on ten different days between those dates, the 
)ers being from 34 down to i per day, viz. : 5th (24), 6th (13), 
.12), 9lh (21), lofh (13), I2th (I), 13th (14), i6ih (8), i8th (i), 
(i). London had a very heavy bill of mortality that year from 


132 Tlie History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Taylor Surveyors, Chas Brown Esq & 

Saunders (Sanders), of Upper Tooting representing 
the Lord of the Manor, and numerous other 
parishioners, and the Boys from the National 

Vestry Minute Book, 

1850 — 1855 & ratepayers meetings 1855 — ^869. 

1850, Nov. 21.* Special Vestry to consider an address to 
the Throne to resist the inroads being made by the 
Church of Rome. 

The Rev. R. W. Greaves stated the case, that the 
Romish See was seeking to infringe the sacred pre- 
rogatives of the Crown and curtail the liberties of 
the subject. The address set forth — that Tooting 
was loyal to the Throne, and protested against the 
decree of the Bishop commonly called the Pope, 
constituting an authority to govern this part of the 
country. This was considered an attack on her 
Majesty's position as head of Christ's Church 
Catholic and the principles of the Church of 

The prosperity of the nation was centred oo the 
pure scriptural faith and principles of the Reforma- 
tion and no foreign Court has a right to any 
power, superiority, pre-eminence, or aotbority 
ecclesiastical or spiritual within the realm. The 
address concluded with a quotation from the prayer 
for the High Court of Parliament. This address 
was acknowledged, as an address on the snbject of 
the means taken by the Pope, to establish a Roman 
Catholic Hierarchy in this Country. 

To the Bishop of Winchester, a similar address 

* The proceedings of the Vestry were inserted in a short form in 
the Times ^ December 2, 1850. Amonj? the speakers were the Rector, 
Dr. Lord, Ed. Daun, P. W. Flower, T. W. Cuthbert, S. J. BInnt, 
A. W. Gadesden, £. G. Livesey, and — Metcalf (Medcalf). 

The Vestry-Books. 133 

was sent, expressing their indignation at the action 
of the Pope and their attachment to the Reformed 
Churchy their regret at the sympathy for Romish 
practices and doctrines among the members of the 
Church of England. The Bishop replied " that he 
is glad such sentiments pervade the parish." 

Then the parish sent an address to the Arch- 
bishop of Canterbury, who '' was gratified at the 
spirit of it." 

An address was then prepared to the Lords 
Spiritual & Temporal and the House of Commons. 

[Note. In a consistory holden in Rome, 30 Sep., 
1850, the Pope (Pius IX.) named 14 new Cardinals. 
Di* Nicholas Wiseman was appointed Lord Arch- 
bishop of Westminster, he sent a pastoral to all 
the chapels in his See, D^* Blomfield, Bishop of 
London, replied, and Lord John Russell in a letter to 
the Bishop of Durham, censured not only the papal 
aggression, but the Tractarian movement in the 
Church of England. 6700 addresses were sent to 
the Queen from various bodies.] 

Nov. 26. Mr. Peacock wished to alter the roads 
adjoining Mr Lucas' property at Tooting Corner, 
referred to Committee. 

Mr Fuller wished permanently to enclose a por- 
tion of the Common adjoining his residence, now 
parted off by Posts and Rails. This was referred 
to the Committee. It appears that the £50 left by 
Dr Ravenhill & invested in Gov^ securities for the 
benefit of the inhabitants of the poor-house had not 
been used since the house was closed, so the interest 
was capitalised to make £60 consols, & the Rector 
& Ch: Wardens were to distribute the interest to 
poor widows resident in the parish, in sums not ex- 
ceeding 5/- to each person. 
51, Jan. 30. The Committee recommended, that Mr 

134 ^/^^ History of Tooting-Graveney, I 

Poller be allowed to enclose 4 perches, committee ■ 
to treat with Mr Fuller and to further consider I 
Mr Peacock's application. ■ 

Feb. 13. Mr Judkinshad purchased two Houses ■ 
from Mr Hicks and wished to enclose a piece of I 
Land in front. The committee considered, that a I 
wide space like that in front of Mr Judkins house I 
would be a resort for idle & dissolute people, so he I 
may enclose with an open railing, but not baiU I 
upon it and place a stone there with this condition 1 
upon it, but as he should make some acknowledge- 1 
ment of the encroachment, he was to pay £25 to 1 
the Funds of the National School. 1 

Mr Lucas can make his proposed alteration at | 
his own cost. < 

Mr Fuller to pay £2^ to the funds of the National 
School. (See ante,) 

The committee suggest that these alterations 
will be beneficial and increase the rateable value of 
the property. The Judkins ground must be held 
sacred as a public right of way, although it was 
given to Mr Hicks by a former Lord of the Manor. 
His solicitor urges that the parish cannot sell him 
what is his, and that if he did pay a sum for the right 
to enclose, the right of way would lapse. He offers 
to pay all costs however. The Vestry resolved 
that the Report be adopted and recommend that 
the Justices and the Lord of the Manor, view the 
application favourably. 

(Note. The money was duly paid over and the 
enclosures made.) 

A proposal to elect a Vestry Clerk, was met by an 
amendment to appoint an assistant overseer, this 
was carried and Mr D Norris (Jun*") was appointed 
at a salary of ^'lo . per ann : 

Correspondence between Mr Fuller and the Ch: 

The Vestry-Books. 135 

Wardens in reference to his payment of 3^25 was 
read. First they applied for the money, Mr Fuller 
responded " that his Sol^* had advised that the Lord 
of the Manor only, could grant the right to enclose 
and as he had done so at a Court held at the 
Castle on a payment of ^f 10, the fees of Court and 
5/- per Ann Rent, still he was willing to pay a fair 
sum to the parish." 

The Ch:Wardens replied, " they did not propose 
to convey the Land but only to waive * their right 
of way,' for the sum of £'25, and they were acting 
under the instruction of the Vestry in demanding 
payment and they hoped it would be done at once." 
Mr Fuller desires the correspondence to be placed 
before a Vestry, and his fellow parishioners to 
decide, he will abide by that decision. 

The Steward of the Manor, "Mr Triston of Staple 
Inn," Is surprised that Mr Fuller's neighbours ques- 
tion the right of the Lord of the Manor to grant a 
portion of the waste in open Court, provided there 
is enough common to satisfy the wants of the 
Commoners, to maintain their Cattle in Winter 
Levant and Couchant.^ Independently of general 
rules the Manor is governed by custom, upon 
Custom the Lord has the power to grant the land 
to you. 

Mr Flower proposed that the Vestry take this 
opportunity in connection with the letter of Mr 
Triston read this evening, to deny the right of the 
Lord of the Manor to alienate in any way the 
" common lands " of the parish, and to call to mind 
that the present Lord of the Manor himself paid 
to the parish a considerable sum of money for an 
enclosure somewhat similar to that of Mr Fuller. 

An old manorial term. Lying down and getting up ; otherwise, 
I night and a day. 

136 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

July i6. Mr. Williamson complained that as- 
sessed to the poor at £90^ the Highways assessed 
him at £120, and he intended to appeal The over- 
seers stated that they had made inquiry & found 
brickfields were rated at £'ifi. per stove, but as the 
surveyors found 3 stoves, and two tile Machines at 
work, they charged the extra 3^30. As Mr William- 
son was intending to appeal, the Church Rate 
assessment was to be based upon the result of 
that appeal. 

Messrs Fuller and Judkins (see ante) had eadi 
paid £25. Mr Fuller wanted a more fonnal 
receipt. The churchwardens were desired to draw 
it up and forward it to Mr Fuller. 

(Note. Mr. Fuller lived at Graveney House.) 

Nov. 20. The Rector asked permission of the 
Vestry to use the £50 for the enlargement of the 
school. Vestry decides that the trustees can do 
as they see fit. 

Mr Williamson's assessment reduced to £71* 
3^20 rent and ;^5i Royalty on the Bricks made. 
He considers this too high as a 16 acre Brickfield 
at Clapham, after several years exemption was only 
rated at £60. Vestry further reduced him to £30. 
1852, Fth. 5. Resolved that a Vestry Clerk be appointed 
annually, at a Salary of £20 per Annum and that 
his Salary be paid out of the Church Rate. The 
present appointment to determine Easter Tuesday 
1853. Daniel Norris Jun*" appointed. 

(Mr. Norris is still (1897) Vestry Clerk.) 

Ap. I. Surveyors to Estimate cost of fresh 
Lamps to light the parish. 

Ap. 15. The Vestry Clerk to write to Mr Betts 
about an encroachment on the path in the common 
fields, he to remove the same. 

My, 6. Mr. Mansells tender for Gas Lamp posts 

The Vestry-Books. 137 

to be accepted. That the Surveyors remove the 
obstruction to paths in Common fields and that 
appertures of not less than 3 feet be made in the 
fences across the same. 
13, Fthy. 7. The Ch:Wardens having stated " that the 
Lord of the Manor had given a piece of Waste 
Land on the North Side of the Church Lane, to 
the Charity Schools," it was recorded in the 
minutes of the Vestry. 

Mch. 29. Nominated for the office of Peoples- 
Warden, Messrs Livesey & Slawson. Mr Slawson 
12 Mr Livesey 10 votes, Mr Slawson therefore 
Elected. Vestry Clerks stipend increased to 3^25. 

Act 3, 4, Wm. 4. Cap. 90. Sec. 5. to be adopted 
as regards Lighting this parish. £100 to be raised 
for the purpose & five inspectors appointed. 

*June 10. The Vestry passes a vote of con- 
dolence with the family of the late George Rich, 
who had efficiently served the parish offices. 
♦, Mch. 27. Much inconvenience arises from the app^ 
of 2 new Overseers & Highway Surveyors. Resolved 
" that one of the old ones be reappointed each year, 
so that each serves 2 years & thereby secure the 
needful experience of those duties." 

Ap. 20. Guardians to be elected same time as 
the Overseers. 

June 24. Ch:Wardens requested to adhere to 
the system of charging Entrance Fees upon the 
Allotment of pews. 

Aug. 24. Sanction given to the Ch: Wardens & 
Overseers, for putting in force 27^*^ Sec. of the 15. & 
16. Victoria. Cap. 84. compelling owners of houses 
to provide a supply of water. 

That a Committee be appointed for carrying out 

This meeting had its minutes entered in duplicate. Mr. Rich 
lon-in-law to Walter Lord, and resided at Bridge House. 

138 The History of Tooting-Gravemy, 

the Nuisances Removal & Diseases Prevention 
Act. 1848. II. & 12. Victoria, cap. 123. Mess" 
A. W. Gadesden, C. Brown, E. G. Livesey, S. 
Martin, W. Penfold & J. Barringer appointed 

The Overseers to request Mr Betts to remove 
obstruction on Common Fields. (See a«fo.) 
1855, Mch. 27. The population at last Census being 2100 
and a Vestry Clerk needed, the ChiWardens to 
apply to the P. L. Com : requesting an order 
under the Act 13. & 14. Vic. Cap. 57. relating to 
the appointing of Vestry Clerks. 

Ap. 18. Skelton appointed to wind the clocb 
for 3 years " provided they be properly cleaned at 
the commencement of his term." The Beadle to 
have a new Hat & Coat. The Surveyors reported 
that Mr H. E. Bird had encroached in extending 
his Stable yard. 

Ap. 27. The Parish officers to place in a con- 
spicuous place in the parish the names of those in 
receipt of outdoor relief, and to allow of com- 
pounding on small property by the Landlords. 
Mr Bird (see ante) to pay £'5. to the Funds of the 
National School, or have his obstruction removed. 

June 21. The Vestry takes advantage of the 
Vestry Clerks Act and asks the Poor Law Board to 
allow a salary of ^30. to be paid by the Overseers. 

The Vestry Clerk read 2 Letters from Mr. Bird, 
and was to tell him to pay the £'5. 

Aug. 10. The Vestry Clerk duly appointed 
under the act (see ante) and his duties clearly 
defined, as per 13. & 14. Vict., cap. 57, sec. 7. 

Nov. I. Mr. Craven appointed Beadle by the 
Ratepayers Meeting. 

Nov. 15. Meeting of Ratepayers to elect a Vestry 
of 18 members and 5 Auditors. The following are 
the i^ Vestry as elected, Messrs Jas. Barringer, 

The Vestry-Books. 139 

Chas. Brown, Hy. Bird, Pell, Edward Child, Thos. 
W. Cuthbert, P. W. Flower, A. W. Gadesden, Alfred 
Hill, E. G. Livesey, Sam^ Martin, F. Ommaney, 
Henry Parsons, James Stilwell, Jas. Taylor, Chas. 
Trery, Jas. Wadderspoon, W™, Wilders, W°™. 

Auditors : Edw. Daun, F. J. Wulff, Geo. Evans, 
W™. Holmes, Hy. Molyneux. 

(Note. So ends the old Poor Law Vestry, and 
enters the Elected Vestry. Thirty years later 
there was another change, when the high rateable 
value no longer made the office so select, and now 
every rate-payer has an equal chance of serving his 
parish on the Vestry.) 
1856. Composition allowable in Church Rates on small 


1862. June 19. The Board of Health ordered that no 

grave was to be less than 6 feet deep. The Meet- 
ing sanctions i/- extra to the clerk and 5/- per 
burial as compensation for extra labour. 

1863. 3f553« required for restoring the ceiling of Church. 
£360. promised and a rate granted for the rest. 
Mr. Sawyer the contractor to protect the organ at 
a cost of 3^15. the work to take six weeks. 

1865. The disgraceful state of the yard and premises of the 

Rising Sun adjoining the Churchyard, to be noted 
to Mr. W. J. Thompson the owner. 

1866. The Rev^ Jo^l Congeve confirms the Minutes of 

Ju'y 5. 

1869, May 20. Mr. Barringer " to hand over the fire escape 
to the Board of Works and to sell the Engine 
for the best price he can get." 

The Elected Vestry Minutes, 1855-1887. 

1855, ATor. 28. District Board Members elected. The 
first going out of Office in June 1857. 

140 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

1856. All Gravel Pits to be rated. Sewer Rate 8^ Light- 
ing 6<* General 4** in £ . Expenses of first election 
of Vestrymen 16/- paid out of poor rate. 

1857. Mr. Barringer announced his intention of resigning 
the Office of Guardian. 

Kensington Vestry wrote re the equalization of 
the poor rates in the Metropolis. 

An attempt to increase the poor rate collector's 
poundage to 5 per cent failed, the Vestry only voting 
2 J percent, Mr. Lee assessed the Lambeth Cemetery 
and his account was passed . . a ballot was taken 
for the 6 members of the Vestry to go out of Office. 
\V«n Wilders to sign the Memorial to the Poor Law 
Board in fa.vor of the equalization of poor rates. 
Mr Norris found the work heavier under the new 
rules and applied for increase of salary. 3^50 was 
granted. Mr. J. G. Bonner elected on the Vestry. 

1858. Ap. 6. The Church- Yard to be enlarged by ^ an 

acre of glebe land, at a total cost of ^^250 (rescinded 
June I, 1869). 

1859. 59 Geo. 3. Cap. 12. Sec. 19. & 13. 14. Vic. Cap. 99. 
Sec. I. adopted as to rating of small property. 
(This had practically been done previously, but 
not in the legal form now prescribed.) 

June I. Burial Board elected, viz. Rev. R. W. 

Greaves, W. J. Thompson, and John Hy. Taylor. 

Having rescinded the minutes of Ap. 6, 1858. the 

Vestry instruct the Burial Board to carry out the 

enlargement of the Church-yard, at a cost of £250. 

i860. The Surrey County Rate Office demanded under a 

penalty of £^20. certain information and the Vestry 

sent as follows : 

1859. 1858. 

j{^ s. d. £, s. d. 

Gross Rental 10,597 ^8 o 10,734 3 o 

Rateable Value 7>930 3 o 8,345 i^ ^ 

The Vestry-Books. 141 

" This valuation was made by a Land Surveyor in 
1845 & corrected by property tax assessment in 1857. 
No further revision taken place. The Rateable 
Value is about i/sth less than the Gross. This 
percentage is fixed by the overseers. From the 
Rector's Tithe Rent charge £68 is deducted & 
from Land 9/- per acre on a/c of Tithe Rent 
charge. No houses empty in 1858-9. Nor any 
built since. In 1858 Landlords paid upon £942 .6.0 
which would have been assessed to Tenants at 
3^1349 . 14 . o, in 1859 3^933 . 12 . 6 to Landlords 
& £1349 . 14 . o to Tenants. Excused in 1858 
3^75 . 4 . o in 1859 £6.0.0. No Railroads, Tele- 
graphs or Canals, pass through or terminate in the 
parish. Mitcham Gas Co. pipes rated at £25 each 
year & Lambeth Water Co. pipes at £165 each 
year. No exempt property in the parish. (Note. 
Church, Chapel, & Charity School forgotten evi- 
dently.) Resolved that the overseer's attention be 
called, at their next meeting, to the rateable value 
of the gas pipes in this parish." 

1862, The Wandsworth District Board of Works to take 
steps to remove the Engine House. 

Mr. Holt desired to divert the footpath crossing 
his Land from Totterdown to the Common. The 
Vestry considered it inexpedient to do so. 

The Clerk of the Surrey and Sussex Turnpike 
Roads wished for the opinion of the Vestry as to 
each parish taking over their own roads. A Com- 
mittee appointed to ascertain the cost of maintain- 
ing the same. They report the trust should con- 
tinue, but establishment charges be curtailed and 
the tolls reduced. 

1863. The W, D. B. W. to take over the Roads on the 
Common from Mr. Greenhill's House to Furze- 
Down, the Sweep Road & from Back Church Lane, 

14- Jlif-^ /lislojy of Tooting'Gi'uvency. 

to Green Lane respectively, upon their being put in 
repair to the satisfaction of their surveyor. 

Mr. Herbert Williamson made a report upon the 
state of the roof of the church. The plaster was 
rotten and in danger of falling. He could not say 
if it was bad workmanship or want of ventilation. 
He suggested a gable window, over the Altar 
window. The cost of repairs to the roof would 
be about £io. After a further examination he 
suggested that 4 Dormers and some air-bricks 
should be put in and new battens. There is no 
perfect remedy, except that of a new ceiling. 

Mr. Mortlake viewed the ceiling, and decided 
that a new one must be made. About 3^300 would 
be the cost. It was resolved that a committee be 
appointed to protect the rights of the parish in 
reference to the proposed enclosure of the common 
by the Lord of the Manor. 

A Committee appointed to help the Rector and 
Ch:Wardens in carrying out the repairs to the 

Poor rate 1/9, General 1/4^^ for the \ year. 

Mr. Chas. Attlee elected on the Vestry. 

1865. Daborn to be informed that he will not be re-elected 
Beadle at Easter 1866. 

1866. The Ch: Wardens to remove the posts lately fixed on 
Tooting Common . The Ch: Wardens and Overseers 
to apply for powers to re-assess the property in the 
parish, on the grounds of the present inequality of 

1867. The Fees for burials in the Church Yard were re- 
vised, and approved of, by the Bishop of Winchester 
and her Majesty's Secretary of State. A Schedule 
like that of 1858-9 (see anic)^ made for the union 
assessment. Gross value, ^12819 . 19 . o ; rateable, 
£10466. Landlords pay compounded rates in 

The Vestry-Books. 143 

;f 924 . 15 . o ; which would be assessed to occupiers 

at 3^1555- 
The Tooting, Wimbledon, and Merton, Railway 

Company only charged upon their land, the Railway 

being in course of construction. 

Gas pipes rated jf 190, water at 3^200. National 
and Infant Schools excused. 

Resolved, that in consequence of the late 
calamitous Fire* which has unhappily occurred 
within the parish, the Metropolitan Board be asked 
to supply this parish and all other outlying Parishes 
with fire escapes. 
t868. The Infant School Committee, desired the Garratt 
Lane trees removed. The W. D. B. W. asked 
to attend to it, and to repair the footpaths, the 
Lord of the Manor having renounced his right to 
the trees. In consequence of the unsatisfactory 
state of the Charity accounts of this parish, appli- 
cation be made to the Charity Commissioners, for 
their advice on the subject. 

The Ch:Wardens reported that at the walking of 
the bounds, they found that at the West end of 
Rectory lane, and going in a N.E. direction there 
were no fixed boundary posts. Two were found 
lying on the ground supposed to have been removed 
from the north-east side of the avenue on Tooting 
common, near the long road, and from Mr. Brands 
park respectively. The Pioneer, from North End 
of Green Lane to Mr. Brands park, did not follow 
the line as defined by Streatham posts, but took a 
straight line from the door of the late Mr. Phillips 
Lodge in Streatham Park, to a point in Mr. Brands 
park, about 40 feet N. E. of the N. angle of Tooting 
Common, thus taking in about 2^ acres of what is 
claimed by Streatham Parish. 

* The baming of the " Rising Sun.*' See notes on illustrations. 

144 '^^^^ History of Tootittg-Graveney. 

714^ Vestry- Books. 145 

Suggested that as this matter requires settlement, 
the evidence of the old inhabitants should be 
collected, so that the differences between Streatham 
and Tooting-Graveney may be adjusted. 

The same thing applies to the S. W. side of 
Tooting-Graveney. A strip of land formerly used 
as a tramway* is supposed to belong to Tooting- 
Graveney, but the occupier pays rates to Mitcham. 
A manufactory has been erected on the spot. The 
officers of the two parishes should meet, before the 
tramway boundary has disappeared . The only post 
found there, has been thrown across the stream at 
the W- comer. A new building has been erected 
between the Shoulder of Mutton fieldf & the Merton 
Road ; it is not yet rated ; also a piece of land 
rented of the railway has not been rated. A 
Tooting-Graveney post near Waterfall House is 
not in its right place. A Streatham post has been 
placed in the N. angle of the Cemetery, which is in 
the Tooting-Graveney parish. 

Several posts wanted between the Merton & 
Mitcham Roads, where the surface has been dis- 
turbed by the new railway & roads. Two new 
granite stones about i ft cube, to be let into the 
footpath in Streatham Lane, near Messrs. Cracknell 
& Hubbards, with grooves cut upon them to show 
the proper angles, and at least i doz. new iron 
ones, be fixed and those now loose refixed, the 
whole be examined and painted every 2 years. 
1869. The Vestry adjourned to the Rectory, the Rector 
being ill. The bounds as recently walked to be 
sustained, but no expense to be incurred. The 
Mitcham difficulty to be decided when the Ord- 
nance Map is prepared and published. 

* The iron railway which brought the fullcr*s earth, and lime, to 
Wandsworth from beyond Epsom. t See extra notes. 


146 The History of Tooting-Graveney, 

The Rector offers a piece of land to enlarge the 
Church- Yard. The parish to pay the legal expenses 
of the transfer, to remove present fence and erect 
one enclosing the new ground, plant it, and allow it 
to be consecrated. The committee recommend 
that it be not advisable to incur the expense, unless 
it be I an acre at least. So the Rector offered to 
do it all at his own expense, which offer was 
accepted. Resolved that the Public Houses now 
open, are amply sufficient for the supply of the 
demands of the parish, and the public. A memorial 
to the Justices on the subject to be prepared, asking 
them to grant no more licences. 
1870. 32 & 33 Vic, cap. 41, sec. 3, adopted.* 

Mr. Taylor refused to hand over the fire escape to 
M.B. W. He was ordered to do so. Remembering 
the jealous care of this parish from time imm^ 
morial in guarding the common from spoliation, as 
seen in the Vestry books and the action taken in 
1815, they record in their books, their approval of 
the suit of Mr. Betts for the preservation of the 
Common, and determine to resist by all lawful means 
any further attempt at aggression on their rights. A 
Copy of the amended Bill, and the Judgment in the 
case Betts v. Thompson, to be endorsed by the 
Chairmanf and deposited in the Iron Safe. 

1874. Mr. Joseph Farmaner elected on the Vestry. 

1875. At a Vestry of the inhabitants to elect Vestrymen, 
it was resolved that — "This Vestry requests the 
L.G.B. not to take one Guardian firom the parish of 
Tooting-Graveney, to enable them to add one to 
Battersea. The Vestry considers that the proposal 
to reduce the Guardians to one only, is undesirable 

* Forster's Education Act. 

f This resolution was proposed by Mr. Thomas, seconded by Mr. 
Alston, the judgment being endorsed by W. K. Hooper, chainnan. 

The Vestry-Books. 147 

and objectionable. If the one should from illness, 
death, or otherwise, be unable to attend to his work, 
the parish would be unrepresented/' No notice of 
the subject was given to the Board of Guardians, 
and only 6 were present when the request for re- 
distribution took place. 4 voted for and 2 against, 
and as neither of the members for Tooting-Graveney 
were present, they having had no intimation of the 
subject, it was resolved, "that the views of this 
meeting be sent to the L.G.B. requesting that the 
number be not reduced." The L.G.B. saw no reason 
to alter their views. Tooting with a rateable value 
of 3^14,459 had as many (2) representatives as 
Streatham rated at ^116,658. 

6. Mr. J. Barringer* and Rev. G. S. Flack nominated as 
Guardians, 5 votes for each. Resolved that in 
future the Vestry meets at gf o'clock in the morning. 
The Clerk is not to summon a meeting till he has 
communicated with the Rector who is the proper 
person to preside. Mr. W. P. Mellhuish elected a 
member of the Vestry. Complaints made of the 
want of watering in the parish, the Vestry Clerk to 
have the Vestry notices signed by the Ch:Wardens 
and Overseers. 

7. A proposition made to remove the fence round the 
piece of waste land, adjoining the field, south of the 
Mitre Inn. An amendment to consult the Lord of 
the Manor first, and report to a future meeting, was 
carried. The Vestry protests against the enclosure 
but to save bother will accept 3^25 as an acknow- 
ledgment of their rights. Messrs. Fisher & Fisher 
the Sol" to the freeholders of the Mitre, without 
in any way admitting an encroachment, offer £20 

See extra notes. 

After three or four morning meetings they returned to the 
fling ones. 

10 — 2 

148 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

for any interest the parish might have in the 

The Vestry accepted the £20 clear of any deduc- 
tion, it to go to the Church-wardens towards their 

A Company having purchased property in Gamtt 
Lane, with a view to sinking Artesian wells, to 
supply the South of London, the parish were 
alarmed at the effect on the wells already existing. 
A committee was appointed to protect the in- 
terests of the Inhabitants. 

1878. The Agents of Mr. Rich^ Phillips, the freeholder 
of Streatham Park, wished to make an extension of 
the road known as Green Lane, leading from the 
Mitcham R^ to Tooting-Graveney Common. The 
existing road if lengthened by 370 yards would join 
thie main road from Streatham to Tooting and save 
going a long distance round. They had consulted 
the Streatham Vestry and the W. D. B. and hoped 
the Tooting parish would see the value of the im- 
provement. The Vestry said they had no power to 
act, they must apply to the M. B. W. but in the event 
of any alteration being made they should expect 
compensation, agreeable to ancient custom. The 
resolution was moved by Mr. Farmaner. The Vestry 
clerk to call upon the Ch: Wardens to produce the 
agreement entered into by themselves and Mr. Pratt 
of the Vant R<^, for the enclosure by him of a piece 
of land situate in the Church Lane, adjoining the 
National Schools. 

1880. Mr. S. E. Lambert elected on the Vestry. 

The Vestry Clerk to write to the School Board 
for London, and ask what they intend doing with 
the Infant School in the Broadway in the event of 

* The matter appears to have ended here, no payment having been 

The Vestry-Books. 149 

their building new schools for the parish, the Vestry 
being desirous of retaining the Building for parochial 
purposes. The L. S. B. asked £1500 but the Vestry 
offered £\qoo. The Board suggested £1250. This 
the Vestry agreed to and applied to the Poor Law 
Board for permission to borrow £1400. under the 
13 & 14 Vic. c. 57 (the Act to prevent holding of 
Meetings in Churches, etc.). 

I. Mr. Vant wrote asking the Vestry if they would give 
permission to him to make a road from Vant R^ 
(Eastern) to Church Lane, and give some of the 
school garden for that purpose. 

Thos. Betts wished to divert the footpath or 
highway leading from Tooting Grove to Merton, 
into a new Road. Also a footway from Merton 
into Blackshaw R^. Agreed. 

Mr. Stowell elected on the Vestry. 
Rev. E. H. Morton, signs the Vestry Minutes and 
reads a report from Mr. St. Aubyn, in reference to 
the Roof and Gutters of the church. A voluntary 
rate of 3<* in the •£ to be made for the purpose of 

!• Correspondence, re the Infants School still going on. 
The L. S. W. Bank willing to advance the money 
on the security of the rates. The meetings of the 
Vestry in future to be monthly. 

The Infant School having been purchased and the 
keys delivered up, the Vestry appointed a Committee 
to assist the Ch: Wardens & Overseers in fitting it 
up for a Vestry-HalL 

The Rector offered to rent the Dwelling House, 
but the Vestry wished to put in a caretaker and so 
declined the offer. The Vestry Clerk to draw up 
Rules and Conditions under which the Hall should 
be let. The Rector stated that he had the deeds 
of the Charity Schools in Church Lane in his 

150 The History of Tooting-Graueney. 

possession and they could be seen. He was asked 
to state under what trust the scbook were 

The candidates for caretakers office were voted 
for and Mr. Bignell was elected. The Rector wrote 
to the Vestry that the Schools were held in trust 
by the Rector and Churchwardens. Mr. Lambeit 
gave notice of motion to ask what would be done 
with the Schools. 

The Rector and Churchwardens in a dignified 
letter replied to the Vestry that they were intend- 
ing to use the Schools primarily for the purpose 
for which they were intended by the donors and 
secondarily for such other educational and nsefiil 
purposes as might be deemed advantageous. This 
reply was not to be considered as admitting any 
right on the Vestry to make the inquiry. A 
resolution asking for further information was with- 
drawn after the Rector's explanation. 

The Vestry wrote to the Charity Commissioners 
objecting to Mr. Low being added to the Trustees 
of the Charities as he was not elected by the 

The Charity Commissioners informed the Vestry 
that the remaining Trustees had the power to 
fill up vacancies. 

(Note. It is interesting to note how the various 
powers of the Vestry became curtailed. Originally 
they appointed both Wardens, now only one. 
Highway Surveyors, now only Representatives to 
District Board. Other powers, which they have 
since lost, included the appointment of Organist, 
Organ Blower, Parish Doctor, Vestry Clerk, Ale 
Connors, Headboroughs, Engine Tender, Con- 
stables, Beadles, and the making of Church 

The Vestry-Books. 151 

The Vestry, ordered the Clerk to draw cheques 

for the following a/cs : 

£ s. d. 

Mr. Batcher, Law Expenses - • 13 9 o 

Messrs. Wright, Bonner & Wright • - 48 3 10 

Smith, furniture - - • • 16 o o 

Griffiths, Safe - - - - 13 13 o 

Grellier, redemption of Tithe • - 5164 

Mitcham Gas Co. - • • - 17 11 

Insurance • - - -iiio 

Mr. Elliott served the overseers with a writ for 
the balance of his account for alterations and repairs 
to the Vestry Hall amounting to 3^73 .8.6. This, 
together with the Law, costs ^4.6.0., ordered to 
be paid. Mr. Gibson's account for surveying the 
works of the Hall amounting to 3^7 . 18 . 6., ordered 
to be paid 
3. Paving account £9.0.7. Chairs £l^ . 12 . o. 
Stationery £9.1.6. Gardening £1 . 10 . o. Ordered 
to be paid. 

Tooting Brass Band allowed the use of the Ante 
Room 2 evenings a week 7.30 to 9 at a charge of 
2/6 per week. 

The Cricket Club applied for the use of the 
Hall for an Invitation Ball, per their Hon. Sec. 
Mr. James Foster. They could have it for two 

Mr. Hepple's account for Furniture £30 .11.2 

The Vestry decided that it was not needful to 
erect a new Workhouse for the Wandsworth & 
Clapham Union ; this resolution to be sent to all 
other parishes in the Union. The Burial Board 
had taken Counsel's opinion and found they were 
not legally constituted. The Vestry suggested that 
they should resign. 

Vestry, Mch. 27. The Rector raised the ques- 

152 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

tion of the Election of Churchwardens by the 
Vestry (Elected) instead of by the Open Easter 

(Note. No other officers of the church elected 
at this meeting.) 

The Committee appointed to consider the state 
of the Church-Yard and to suggest some means of 
providing for interments. Reported that 18 months 
would find it filled up except the reserved part. 
The Rector to be asked to sell more ground, or 
that ground should be purchased in the parish; 
failing that, an arrangement should be made with 
a Cemetery Company. It was resolved that so 
long as the reserved portion was not filled up, 
no steps should be taken to purchase more 

The Vestry applied to the W. D. B. W. to devise 
some plan for better ventilating the sewers. Mr 
Coates applied for the payment of his account 3^21 
for half a year's work in the Church- Yard. Not 
entertained by the Vestry. Mr. Aldous carried a 
motion that the Vestry Hall be let to respectable 
ratepayers for " Quadrille Parties." 

The Vestry Clerk to furnish a full account of the 
Parochial Trusts & Charities. To ask the W. D. 
B. W. to make up the Bickersteth R^ and the police 
to remove the coster mongers from the comer of 
Defoe R<^. (Note. Amusing letters appeared in 
the local press on this subject.) The tradesmen 
memorialized the Vestry to support Mr. Ruse's 
resolution, that the costers be allowed to stand 
in the High SS around the fountain and opposite 
any business premises, as they considered that 
" any act aggressive to the Costermongers tends to 
destroy the Character this portion of the parish 
has borne for a number of years, as the Great 

The Vestry-Books. 153 

Marketable Centre of the District." (Signed by 
32 Tradesmen.) 

The Cricket Club to pay only 10/- for a Ball and 
5/- for a Concert. 
1884. The School Board to be asked to lend 6 Boys to 
walk the bounds. The reason given for wishing to 
see the Deeds of the Church Lane Schools was, 
that alterations had been made in the Schools 
without consulting the Vestry. (Note. They 
evidently forgot the reply sent before.) 

The Vestry petitioned the Houses of Parliament 
by Sir Trevor Lawrence, against the removal of 
the ^d. limit in the Bill before Parliament re the 
Fire Brigade and stated that unlimited powers of 
raising money meant excessive expenditure, and 
that the Insurance Companies should contribute 

A petition in favour of the Tooting, Balham & 
Brixton Railway was sent to the House of 

(Note. It is thought best from this point only 
to note the subjects which came before the Vestry 
from time to time without details.) 

The Selkirk Road Boundary question. 

The use of the Hall granted to the Ratepayers 
Association for a Lecture on the History of Tooting 
by Mr. S. E. Lambert. (Note. At this Lecture 
the author of this book, now produced some thirteen 
years after, decided that he would, if possible, com- 
pile the History of the Parish from the official 

The Vestry in communication with the Bishop 
re a faculty for reseating the Church. 

Vestry Clerk's Salary increased to £100. 

W. H. Gower appointed Caretaker of Vestry 

154 ^^ History of Tooting-Graveney. 

1885. Public Meeting to be held rt the Election of Guardian. 

Tooting-Graveney opposed the Sonthwark & 
Vauxhall Water Co. Bill for raising more capital, 
as it might affect the Water Supply of the parish. 

The enclosure in Church Lane considered and 
Mr. White ordered to remove the posts and raik. 

Mr. Barbrook appointed Caretaker of the Vestry. 

1886. The Vestry supported the Tramway Company *s 
Scheme by a vote. 

The Vestry petitioned the W. D. B. W. to take 
action on the Enclosure in Church Lane. 

Vestry objected to the appointment of an assistant 
Sanitary Inspector by the Streatham & Tooting 
Committee of W. D. B. W. 

The Vestry does not consider the parish can 
afford a Mortuary. 

The Coroner removed a body from Tooting to 
Wandsworth on the plea that there was no 
Mortuary and summoned a Jury from Tooting. 

The Vestry wrote to the Home Secretary as to 
the Coroner's power to do this. 

The Home Office replied that they did not advise 
on a matter of Law. 

Suggestion made to appoint a Burial Board. 
1887. The Vestry memorialized the Home Secretary and 
other bodies in favour of the Coal & Wine Dues 
being continued for another 10 years. 

The Vestry purchased the present stage and 
fittings for jfii . 9 . o. 

Vestry Notice Book. 
1818— 1837. 
Began by Robt. Welsh, Parish Clerk, and carried 
on by George Smart. 

(It contains simply the notices of Vestry meet- 
ings published in the Church on Sundays.) 



1646— 1687. 


R« from Allen former Church Warden ■ 










Rec of man for Burial in the Church 







Rec „ „ Low Sunday 




Liyings out 

I" for Bread and Wine ist Sabbaih day April - 




liem Given to a Soldien Wife & pais - 




.. .. 3 Soldiers wifea &. pass • 




„ For Two new bell Ropes 




„ mending the Churchyard Fence 




„ fbrmending 3 Glass Windows 




„ for paving of same Graves and for mending 

of the gutter . . . . 




„ paid to a man which brought a noat from 

the sewers* coort ... - 




„ Given to som English IrUh women w'' had 

authority for a collection - 




„ Pd for one dealle bord for the seate by the 





,. for half a hundred of paving Tylles 




„ given to a man which brought an ordinance 

of Parliament for a collection 






156 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Item paid to the High Constable for the House 
of Correction & mayned Soldiers for one 
whoUe yeare ending at michaelmas 1647 
as by aquittances appeareth 
„ for 8 bushels of lime for paving 
„ for one dais work for 2 bricklaiers - 
»i It »i »♦ »f i» a laoorer 

given to a man which had a loss by fire in 

Kent by certificate under hands - 
paid to William Godman for mending the 
Church gate and the pue by the font . . . 
and for nails - - • - 00 03 02 

„ Given to a most distress^ minister - - 00 03 06 

„ for this booke - - - - 00 02 06 

„ for fee to a counsell, being employed by 

consent of the parrish - - - 01 00 00 

„ for appearing before the comissioners by a 
warrant concerning mending the wayes at 
the font - - - - - 

for mending the bell wheelle 
for a deal bord to mend the steple • 
„ for William Hoxton going to Woodhey (sic) 

& for going to Westminster twice • 
f, for a bolt for the bellfery doore 



































Item pd the bricklaier for defacing the kings 
arms in the church ... 

n given to a great bellyed woman 
„ for fencing of the churchyard 
„ for washing of the church linen & cleaning 
the plate, five yeares ... 

„ given to a poor blind minister 
Total expenses for the year 

Item p^ to a pour ministers widowe who had a 

greate loss by fire in Berksheire • • 00 01 00 

„ pd to Goodman Richardes & Goodman God- 
man for workmanshipp and matterialls to 
repair the Church - - . - 07 00 00 

„ p<* for beare for the carpenters and brick- 
laiers - • • 00 oj 02 

„ p** for a bell roape - - - 00 03 00 


Selections from Churchwardens^ Book. 157 

Item p' the glaiser for glass & leads - - 00 04 00 

„ p** for a booke for the use of the charch by 

Godman - - - - - oo 04 09 

„ p** for a booke bound with vellum, and a 

quire of paper - - - 00 04 ij 

Rcc** Assessment - - - - - 

Rcc** of ould stock* .... 

„ Bread & Wine Low Sundayf 
„ „ „ Witt Sunday 

„ ,f ,1 r^aim )f - - 

„ „ „ Easter Day 

Item p^ by request of Mr Gawen (Minister) to- 
wards repairs of the Church ... 

p<* for 4 quartes of JMuskedin & i p* 

























Item ^iven a poor minister that would have 
pereashed - - - 00 01 00 

Item laid out when Mr Gawen & Churchwardens 
paid the money w*"* was collected for y* dis- 
tressed protestants in ffrance under y* Duke 
ofSavoy§ - - - - -000206 

Item given to a poor gent that had a printed 
paper from several ministers of London - 00 01 00 

Item paid out when y* minister churchwardens 
Goodman Sayer and others went to Croydon 
aboute the Valuinge of the parsons lyvinge - 00 03 00 

Item given to 3 ffrench gentlemen whi^^ had a 
passe - - - • - 00 00 06 

Item p"* for a glass|| for ye Church - - 00 02 06 

From previous churchwardens. 

Money paid out of collection towards the cost of bread and wine. 

A. strong Italian and French wine flavoured with musk. (See 

'fellow's "Golden Legend," iv.) 

On May 25, 1655, Cromwell issued his declaration, setting apart 

y of humiliation, and directing a general collection to be taken 

tie relief of the persecuted in the valleys of Lucern, Angrona, etc. 

** Avenge, O Lord, Thy slaughtered saints, whose bones 
Lie scatter*d on the Alpine mountains cold." — Milton. 

full text of Brief, see Bewe*s " Church Briefb,^ pp. 147-152. 
Hour-glass to measure the sermons by. 





158 TAe History of Tooting-Graveney, 

Item laid out at a meeting about Goodman Kings 

business - . - - . 

Item p^ for Goodman King being arrested 

„ p** for four qts of Allegant* for Palme Sunday 

& Eter Day .... 

„ p^ Godman for mendg a Ladder a lock for 

ye cubbourd in the Chansell and other 

necessaries - - - . 

Item p^ for a load of bushes for the churchyard - 

p^ to William Saer for hedging 

p^ to a poore minister that said he came out 
of Ireland and had a wife & three chil- 
dren & would have preached and did not 

p^ for a bar of Iron 13 lbs for the Church 
Window - - - . - 

p^ to Mr Gawen for wry ting the Valuation - 


(Note. The parson is undecided as to the 
spelling of his Christian name. When he prints it 
in a debased sort of Old English, he puts IRolflnt) 
GdWCn, but generally writes Rowland Gawen.) 

1657. At the close of this year's accounts the ChrWardcns 
had one shilling in hand. 

1658. Surry to Wit Wee whose names and Seales are 
hereunto sett, Justices of the peace for the coanty 
aforesaid by virtue of the statute made in the three 
and fortiethf yeare of the late Queene Elizabeth 
entitled an act for the reliefe of the poore, doe 
nominate and appoynte you William Longe and 
Thomas Gaynford of Tootinge Gravney to be 
overseers of the poor of the s** parrishe for the 
yeare ensueing, and you together w^ the Cbarch- 
wardens of the same parrishe are to take order for 
the setting to worke of the poore of your sayde 

* This is wine from Alicant, a province and fortified city in Spain. 
The wine made from the Mulberry. (See Smith's ^ Voyage to Russia," 

t Poor Law Act, 1601. Remained in force till 1854. 


Selections frofn Churchwardens' Book. 159 

parrish and provideing of a convenient work for 
that purpose* and for the reliefe and maintainance 
of such as are lame and impotent amongst you, 
and for the placeing foorth Apprentices such 
children whose parents are unable to mainteine 
them and to doe and execute all other thinges 
enioyned you by the same Statute. And hereofT 
you are not to fayle att ye perrille. Given under 
our hands and seles the 7*^ day of May 1658 

Jeremiah Baines 
Rich<^ Donnes. 

Item (liven to a poore gentellwoman - - 00 00 04 

„ for making of a new Bell wbeele and mend- 
ing of some seates - - 00 12 06 

Item p^ for sining the warrant to fstuthow' : se 
this booke • - • 00 01 06 

Item p^ and allow'd to John JuesJ and Mitcoll 
Conduitt for palling of and for coales 00 16 10 

(Note. This year is the last in which Sir John 
Maynard, Kt. Bath, appears in the assessment. 
He died in July. The Master Maynard, afterwards 
Sir John, who appears later on, was his son. He 
only survived his father six years.) 










Item to Godman for 3 payre of hinges & hour 
glasse ...... 000 02 02 

Item to Godman for setting up a bench in the 
chancell and boarding the window up 

Item do for bench in gallery & paving a grave- 
„ „ „ boarding a pew Bottom 

>. Alderman Bolton assessed. 

(Restoration of Charles II. (May) accounts for the 
following entry — ) 

rhis act provided that work should be provided by means of a 
enient stock of flax, hemp, wool, thread, iron, and other neces- 
ware and stuff. 
To authorities. % Ives. 

- 00 



- 00 



- oo 



- oo 



- oo 



- oo 



160 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

P^ for the Kings Armes . • . 02 . 15 . 00 
(Note. Thus it has been seen that after the M 
of Charles I. the King's Arms were defaced by a 
bricklayer ; but on the restoration of Charles IL 
£z 15s. is expended for a new coat of arms. These 
are still in existence, and are in the possession of 
the present Vestry Clerk.) 

Item p"* for 4 Spikes - - - 00 00 08 

Item p^ to Poplett for mending the cbarch tiles - 00 10 00 

Item p'^ to the plammer for soding & mending 
the leads .... 

Item p^ for charcoale to heat the Irons - 

Item given to a poore minister • 
„ „ „ „ poore seaman 

Item for Altering the Reading glasse & the Oure 
glasce ..... 

Item for 3 Bookes 

Item payde the 14^ of June *i662 to the Bps 
assesers for ye swearing £dw Lynton & £dw 
Elderfeildf Ch :Wardens and for other fees - 00 03 08 

Item p** their expenses at there several! atten- 
dances uppon the said officers ... 

Item p** for a New Comon Prayer Booke 

Item p^ at the Visitation to the Officers for 
fees .-.--. 

Item p"* for our expenses the same day • 

Item p^ for a booke for the Minister 

Item p"* a Tax for Chertsey Bridge 

Item \^ 400 & a half Tyles to mend the Church - 

* 1661 and 1662 accounts are run on together, 
t In Dr. Williamson's edition of Boyne*s "Trade Tokens' are 
described two tokens issued by tradesmen in Tooting-Graveney : 

^ O, EDWARD . ELDERFIELD . AT» A fleur-de-lvs. 
R. LOWER . TOOTIN . l665»E . E . E. SilC of Jd." 

Also token of John Williams, Churchwarden, 1674-6 : 
*' O. lOHN . WILLIAMS . i67o»The King's Arms. 
























Selections from Churchwardens' Book. i6i 

Item p'^ i6 Bnshells of Lyme • - - oo 08 oo 

Item p<> 2 Bandies of Lath - - 00 04 00 

Item p*> 2000 Lath Nayles - • 00 02 06 

The Receipts of the year were £^z^ 4« 7- Expenses £^y>, 7. 7. 

54. (Lady Maynard Senior and Junior both assessed.) 
65. Received £13 .9.5. Expended £ 12 • 5 . 2. 

Item p** for a Ladder for the Belfry - • o 02 06 

Item p^ at visitation for a Book of Articles and a 
proclamation* - - - - o 02 00 

67. ('Squire Hebdon paid jf2 . 5 for ground taken in 

before his house & Joshua Gearing £1 . 10 for a 
like enclosure.) 

68. The Gift of Edmond Scares of 40/- was disposed 
of to the poor of Tooting-Graveney. Sir John 
Ma3mard's Gift was distributed, the deed for which 
is in the hands of Edw. Dudson. 

Item \^ for 6 Days work mending Bell wheels & rope 15 
„ „ Hoop for Bell wheel 
„ „ Timber for ditto - 

Picka^ Shovel & Spade • 

»i ♦» 

pe 15 


- 00 


- 15 


. 06 




3 " 


6 19 



An assessment produced - 

A crackd Bell . - . - 

From old Ch: Wardens 

Old Timber & Stones 

26 2 81 
Spent on the Church - - - 25 13 10 

(This included white-washing, painting, gilding, 
repairs to windows; £3 was spent on the Ten 
^l. Joshua Gearing (the Dissenter) elected Ch: Warden, 
He declined to serve, and paid ^3 towards the 
repairs of the church, and was discharged from 
serving the office till his turn comes again. 

The Five Mile Act and the Conventicle Act Both passed 1664-5. 
t of the group of Acts known as " The Clarendon Code." 


1 62 The History of Tooting- Graveney. 

Ordered, that the Lady Mary Mainard hath 
given a buriall cloth to the parish of Tooting- 
Graveney, that noe Churchwarden lend the s^ 
buriall cloth out of the said parish but npoQ 
penalty for forfeiture of 2/6 for every day that it 
is soe lent. We say 2/6 which every Church- 
warden is to give an account of at the surrendering 
of his yearly accounts. 

Item p^ for a Basin for the Church - - 00 10 00 

„ „ „ „ Dish to gather money of ye people 

in ye Church - - • 02 06 00 

1672. We whose names are here subscribed do gratmt 

and allowe to John Hebdon Esquire the seat 
where his servants have lately sitt to be affixed to 
his house for ever in consideration that the same 
pue or seate was erected and built at his own 
proper cost and charges, May g, 1672. 

1673. (Rt. Hon. Charles Lord Grey* assessed.) 

1675. The Pew westward of the Belfrey Pew was allotted 
to Mrs. Silvestra Hebdon (widdowe) for her own 
use and not for her servants. 

1676. P* for a Surplice . . . 03 . 09 . 00 

(This account is the clearest written, up to that 

date. Lady Maynard's name disappears firom the 



p<^ for 2 Prayer-Books & a proclamation of the 

first fast ------ 

pd to Two commanders having ye privy Seale &^ 
p^ for a booke of Homilies for the Church 
p*» „ „ „ „ the 39 Articles - 
p"* for a Chest with a lock & key & irons for ye 

church to put ye comons in - - - 01 c6 00 

1679. For the time to come noe Churchwardens shall 
exceed in expenses about the church the suinme 
* Baron Grey, of RoUaston. 

















Selections from Churchwardens Book. 163 

of fiforty shillings over and above such assessment 
as shall be made for that yeare without the con- 
sent of a Vestry. 
^ Goodman Smith for whiping ye dogges • 00 01 06 

p** Clark to Servers* Court 

p<* for Writing a petition about the Common 

p** for Reading the petition on the Servers Court 

pd Mr Aps about the Common ... 
p^ Goodman Roads for Chertsey Bridge • 
p<> a poore man undon by Fire 
p* at the Servers court for the traversef ■ 
p<* for a copy of the Indictment about the 
Common - - - - . 

p<* to Goodman Roads for Blackwater Bridge - 
p^ Expenses about the Common - 
Given to a poore man from Turkey 
p** to Mr Bynes charges about the Common 
p** the Cryer of the Servers Court 

p^ for 2 Books read on ye fast Day 

p^ for Cleaning the Church plate- 

Giv* to a Seaman taken by the Turks - 

p*' Bryan Abbott for the keeping of Hanna Rants 
having the Small Pox .... 
p^ for an order to alter ye Common Prayer Book| 000 





























































Spent at ye possessioning§ 
Gave a Great Belli*d woman 

[Memoranda at the end of the book.] 
}• An assessment . . . 003 . 03 . 08 

2. Maynards Gift distributed. 

Mr. Endebrooks Gift 40/- distributed. 

Court Baron. t A denial. 

This comes late in the account Charles II. died February 6, 1685. 
This often occurs, but hitherto undecipherable. The term pro- 
f has reference to those who possess property by reason of 
ing it ondispated for seven years (?). 

II — 2 

164 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

1663. Maynards Gift distributed. (Among those leceiviog 

it is " Old Bess.") 

1664. Maynards Gift distributed. 

1665. Ditto. 

1666 to 1670. Ditto. 

Churchwardens' Book. 

1687 — ^742- 

paid for this booke - - - 00 04 00 


p"* for Binding the Church Bible • • 00 05 00 

1692. Capt° Grantham upon the payment of £5 English 
money is exempted and freed from all Parish offices 
during the Time of his Lease being 9 years from 
Lady Day last. 




Disbursements • • - • 09 17 05 

Recp** - - - - - 07 II 06 

p^ for a hasock for the ministers reading place - 000 02 00 
^ for Mending & new binding the bariell Cloth 
work and material .... 000 05 00 

Recp** - - - - - - 006 IS 03 

Expended ..... 006 05 w 

p** for 4 Bottles of Tent* - - - 000 10 00 


p<> 2 Prayer Books 2 Proclamations & a Brief f- 000 03 06 

1699. (Sir Ja. Bateman signs the account book.) 

The Meeting House assessed on a fA rate at 
4i- - - - - 000 03 09 

* A rich Spanish wine, chiefly used for the Commmiioo, imported 
from Galicia or Malaga. Mentioned in the ** Percy Reliques": 

'* While the Tinker did dine we had plenty of wine, 
Rich Canary with Sherry and Tent suporfine.* 

t Redemption Brief, to deliver from slavery the prisooers of the 
pirates of Algeria and Turkey. 

Selections from Churchwardens' Book. 165 

1700. Sir Jas. Bateman to enclose a piece of waste land, 
against the bouse he bought of Mr. Hargrave. He 
to pay the sum of Twenty Ginneys which he gave 
to the parish. (Note. The margin has ^21 . 10 . o, 
and it is so carried into the accounts, ^g . 14 . 10 
was expended on the poor, and ;^ii . 15 . 2 went to 
the credit of the Churchwardens' accounts.) 

(An assessment at 5^^ \ii £ = ^5 . 13 . 5^.) 
1701. Sir Jas. Bateman gave, to apprentice James Lardner 
to a printer, £5. 

Smith's Charity behind-hand i^ years. 

I^ John Gains to take S. Willson apprentice 9 

years - - - - -7 12 6 

p** Lardners apprenticing • • - -800 

1703. Mr. Chas. Lean to make a pew next the Manor pew, 
to be attached to his house for ever. 
(Smith's Donation distributed to date.) 

p** for 8 Prayer Books & proclamation 

p** for a Table for the Vestry - - . - 


p** for Carying & fTeching the Bell - 

p** for fTeching the Wheel & other Things - 

p** Spent on the Workmen - - - - 

p** the Smith ffor Iron work abought the Bell 

p"* the Caipenter ffor Hanging the Bell - • 5 

(Note. The hell is dated 1705.* These entries are 
at the end of the 1704 account, which closes Easter, 

1705. (Rate 2/- in £ produced 3^62 . 19 . o.) 

The expenses for the year were ^f 8 . 18 . 4. 

(Where the balance went there is no sign, and 

there being no Vestry books of that date, it is im- 

^ The bell now hanging in the tower has this mark, " M. B. made 
ME, 1705." The maker, Matthew Bagley, came to London in or about 
t687 ; <iicd 1715.— Stahlschmidfs *' Surrey Bells and London Bell- 
banders,** Elliot Stock, London, 1884. Mr. Stahlschmidt is buried in 
he church) ard. 










i66 The History of Tooitn^-Graveney. 

possible to trace the item. The Chnrchwardeos' 
accounts about this time are decidedly puzzling.) 
(The scribe who enters the accounts spells the name 
of the parish " Tutin.") 

p<> for a Cofin & Sroud .... 








p^ the Churgion for setting Goody Bonds Childs 
arm ----- - - 

^ the Clarke for digging Freeland & Boshnells 
Graves . - - - . 

p^ for a dyaper Napkin to put ye Surplice in 

p^ for letters about the Legacy left by Mr. Bickley \ 

to the poor of the parish . - - 

p** Charges about Goddard that Cutt his Throat 

(Note. Goddard was ale-conner.) 

Pd to {sic) a Robberry . - . 

for Eleys Coffin & Shroud 
„ Beere & Bread at his burying 
the Clark ..... 
for Christening the Child that was left* - 
Mr Midgee for Linnen for the chila* 
for Making the Things up* 
for Hooks & Nailes & hanging ye Coat of Arms 




1 10 









3 3 
9 6 

6 3 

7 8 
2 6 


Rec^ for a Silver Cupp that was sold - - 2 11 9 

(The Repertory, an illustration of which appears 
on p. 29, has an endorsement to the effect that this 
was sold in 171 1. The endorsement is dated 171S1 
and signed by the Rector and Ch: Wardens.) 

(Mr. Man paid 6/8 for Burying Madam Man in 
the Church. It was distributed to the poor.) 

Paid a Constables Rait (sic) for Robbery - 

- 13 

p** Linton Boy for Hedgehog 


p** for Common Prayer Book 

. 12 6 

Rate for year . - - - 

- 8 6 li 

Expended - - - - - 


* See Vestry Book, 1710, p. 48. 

Selections from Churchwardens' Book. 167 



p** Lead for the Church • - - - 7 10 o 

p^ for Woman Lying in & taking examination etc • 215 6 

717. Resolved Nem : Contradicente That no gravell shall 
be henceforward sold to the Parish of Stretham or 
any other Parish by any officer whatsoever, on 
penalty of the Forfeiture of Five Pounds for every 
such Offence, except it be to a Gent" a Lood Two 
or Three for his own particular occasions. Signed 
Timo Turner. (And 15 others.) 

Paid Mr Ansell Soon for writing of a copey from 
S' James Bateman Gift - - • -50 

P* Charges to go for Smiths Money - - 50 

P<« for 2 Hedg Hogges - - - . g 

P* High Constable for passing of Vagons - -130 

(Note. Timo Turner signs his last church rate 
in a bold but shaky hand.) 
720. (Sam. Lisle signs the Rate. See biographical note 
on Bishop Lisle.) 


P* for 3 Trees of Sqr Batemans Spoilt in the Roade 7 o 

Rec^ of Robt Hill on a/c of charges for His Wife & 

Children - - - - .990 

Spent at Coffee House when receiving the money 

from Hill - - • - - -10 


P* Thos Shepherds Bill for work for the Church 

pails, the Common Fields Gate & New Stocks -311 
P** Mr Ansell for Smiths Work don about the Rails 

& New Stocks - - - - - 2 II 6 

P* Mr Shepherd for Railing & Wharfing ag* the 

Alms houses* & the road to Mitcham • -316 

P** for ye Town Pump & arching . - - - 2 17 6 

* Bateman Almshouses. See footnote, p. 17, and also Charities 



1 68 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 


P* for a Redgester - - - - - 10 

P^ for a woman that lay all nigfat at Goody 

Bodys sending for ye Midwife from Merton & 
other charges - - - - .70 

Red" - 

1727. Agreed That the gift of Sir John Maynard shoold 
be called in, and Mr. Couchman, the remaining 
Trustee, should deliver up the writings to the 
present Ch: Wardens. Signed Hy. Cotton, Coiate. 
(And others.) 

P" Mr Woods Bill for the arch by the Church - 3 6 
P** for New Order of Common Prayer* - - 2 

1729. (Rental Value first appears in the Church Rate list 
Nicholas Brady signs the Rate.) 


P«* John Frost Constables Staff - - - 6 

P*' for a Common Prayer Book - - 19 

P^ Gibling for Shingleing the steeple & other work - 13 6 
P<* for II Hedgehogs & 5 Poll Cats - • .62 

1732. (John Man, Justice of the Peace, was ChiWarden.) 

F* Good Rent for cleaning ye Chancel & Palpit - $ 
P"* for Repairing the Church Gilding - .201 

1733. (The Rev. Mr. Brady a defaulter in his Church Rate.) 

1734. (A Rate of i/- in the £ to be made for the thorough 

repair of the Church and the erection of a new 
pulpit. Rate produced £\i .15.2. The cost was 

P** for New Collaring ye Surplice - - - 5 ^ 


F* 28 Hedge Hogs - • - - - 9 4 

P** for Oyling & Playing ye Engine - - - 12 6 

♦ George I. died. t Goody Wren. 

Selections from Churchwardens Book. 1 69 

1737. Agreed that the Gallery of the Church be made 

more commodious for the reception of more 




P^ Peter Knight for one years Salary looking after 
the Boys in Charch - • i i c 

Paid Thos Hounnor for finding the books & puter 

Dish that was stole out of the Church - 26 

P^ New Weights Scales & Pots for the Ale Conner - 2 2 6 

P^ New Common Prayer Bk - - - 18 o 

P<| New Surplice & mending the old one - * 3 1 5 o 

P* the Clerk of the Bench - - -870 

P*" for Making the Arch - - - -123 

P^'for Railing for the Gravell Pitt & covering ye 

arch - - - - - -5170 

P^ Charles Lynn & Thos Lane to go to London to 

gitt a remody for their Eyes - - - 6 6 

Receipts - - - - - 39 6 9 

- 39 6 9 


P* for painting the Donations in the Church -440 


P* for Making a Ditch in the Church Lane • • 16 

P** for Repairing Gregorys Staff - - -30 

P* for a Small Constables Staff - - -20 

(Not chronologically arranged, being Memo : at 
end of Book.) 
^736. jfiS Rec^ of Mr Bond, Overseer, for putting Henry 
Banister a Lame Boy apprentice to W™ Deacon 
Cordwinder of Epsom. 

Jervas Bellers to have ^3. 8. o for the maintain- 
ance of his wife, she being about to Lye Down. 

John Shepherd to be bound to Watts a press 
maker. £% to be paid. 

Henry Barrister to be put under the care of 
Sarah Wallen at Epsom to have his hip put in. 

Town punop to be putt in Repair forthwith. 

170 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Stocks to be putt in repair and Locks taken off the 
doors of the pews in the body of the Church. 

John Williamson to take no apprentice or yearly 
servant to make a parishioner till he has gsdned a 
1727. Inventary of Goodman Oades Goods 
Item a Bed and bedsted and curtains 
Item a Chest and Stand and Drawers 
Item a Grate and fender and tongs 
Item 2 Hand Irons 2 Grid Irons one pott hanger 
Item I Bellows i Spit i Wangling pan 
Item a Pepper Box and Ginger Box 
Item I Iron pot i Brass Pot 
Item 5 Chairs 2 Tables i Stoole 
Item I Frying pan 2 Nest of Drawers 
Item 2 Side Cubberds 6 Wood Trenchers. 
Item 3 earth pans 2 earth perrenger {sic) and basin 
Item 2 Earth plates one Earth Dish and Cullender 
one paile 

Sign Jn<> Gibling ChrWarden 
Rich^ Tuggey + Overseer. 


1708. At a Parish Meeting it was agreed that Mr Edw. 
Sares should pass his word or stand engaged for 
the rent for the Widow Bushnall for one year on 
the parish account. Agreed at the same time that 
Tho Ansell was to lay down 40* for cloathing the 
Wido Bushnalls Eldest daughter out of y« money 
he hath of the parishes in his hand 

Signed John Man. (And others.) 

1700. W°* Oades by his mark acknowledges the recep* of 
3^3. part of the Bateman payment. 

John Horrod acknowledges recpt of £2, with 
Ric^ Eley as apprentice from same fund. 

1701. John Payne acknowledges recpt of £7. 10. o from 

Selections from Churchwardens^ Book. 171 

Deputy Scriven for the apprenticing of Samuel 

1707. Thos Ansell acknowledges recpt of £^ binding 

Busbnalls Boy to him for 10 yeers. 
1694. R^ of Mr Jefes 2 silver coopes and dis flagon 

tabel cloth and napsen and burien cloat. 

Nichos Lynn 

1701. Rec^ ye 26 Ma 1701 of Mr Isaac Brand Church 

I Chest 

I Gilt Bowie and patten 
I Silver Bowie and kiver 
I Silver w^ a handle 
I Puter flagon 

I Table Cloth and Napkin of duper (diaper). 
I black paul and Bagg 
I black box with writings that consern the pish 

1702. Rec^ y^ q(^ of April 1702 of Joseph Scriven the 
severall perticulars above mentioned. N icholas Lynn. 

1703. Rec^ of Jn<> Midgee Churchwarden for the yeer 1703 
all the abovesaid moveables belonging to the church 
except y^ black paul and bag and napkin which are 
in the hands of the Clarke. I say rec<^ by me. 

(Note. This is in Edward Sares* handwriting.) 


Churchwardens' Accounts. 
1743— 1786. 

P* Gregory the Beadle - - • i i o 

P*« for this Book 69 

P* Expenses attendiog the Bench & removing of 

Papishes* - - - - - - i 5 4J 

* Papists. In ^'Old English Catholic Missions,** by Payne, 1889, is 
recorded : '* 1755. Liber ab Haeresi Conversorum. 1756. Liberi N. 
et Manx Besley, ex parochia de Tooting in Surrey, Maria Besley, 
ctat. 14, Josephus B., setat 12, Rebecca B., aetat. 11, et Anna, B., 
aetat 9, Catholice aeducari caeperunt sub me Gul. H./' etc. 

172 The History of Tooting-Graueney. 


F* Waiting on Mr Brady 3 Times - - - i i 

P* Passing the Soldier Wife Clerks fee. Horse & 

Cart & Man - - - - - M 7l 

P** Dinner Easter Tuesday - - - - 1 

P^ Expenses to the Woman daring her stay at 

Bignolds' (that had fitts) - - - • 10 7 

1748. (Rate for Repairs to Church i/- a jf = 41 . 13.6) 

Signed by Chas Pinfold 

Present, Julius Caesar, Deputy Register. 

Binding the Register Book - - - .40 

Attending Justices on a/c of Cattle • - -130 

34 Hedge Hogs & 9 Moles - - 14 4 




Killing Moles - • - - -26 

Tressels for use of Church ... 10 

3 Men 3 Days Weding Church y** & throwing 
Gravel out of the Moat • • • - 13 6 

Moving the Parish Chest .... 6 

Ditto do - - - - 6 

New Register Book - - - • . 10 2 

1756. (A 6^ Rate produced 3^22 2 6.) 

Crismuss Dinner - - - - .100 

Easter „ . - - - - 2 10 


A form of prayer - - - - -40 

A proclamation - - - - -40 

^Alteration of prayer for the Queen • - - 4 

For the fast Day - - - - .40 

For the Taking of Martinicof • - - 4 


♦Form of Prayer for Queens Delivery - - 4 

* George III.'s consort, Charlotte, 
t Martinique. 

Selections from Churchwardens' Book. 173 



♦2 Form of Prayer for Prince 
t Form of Prayer for Havana • 
J .. „ for Generall Peace - 





6 Bushells of Charcoal to air the Church - 

Engine Bill - - - - - 

New Book for Overseers 

New Matten & binding to the Communion Table 

New Umberella . - - - 

Binding 2 Church Books 
Gray i Days airing the Church 

§Easter Dinner . - . - 

Christmas Dinner .... 
A Covering for the Ministers Cushion 





Spent on the Engine 
5 Moles killed in Ch yard - 
n Expense for going round the parish to drive the 
strolers . . . - - 

Paid for Books for the Church 

(A Rate of 9** in £ produces £$1 4 3.) 

Constables Staves .... 

P** for Bums^ Works ... 

Searching the outhouses at times - 

For a Yard & Ell measure • 
M Weights and Scales 

8 o 

4 o 

4 o 

12 o 

16 14 6 

5 o 

7 6 

I 5 o 

I II o 

3 4 

I 10 o 

I 16 o 

2 6 



2 O 

I O O 

10 6 

I 4 o 
4 6 


♦ Afterwards George IV. 

t Capital of Cuba, captured during the Spanish War of 1762. 

J Treaty of Paris, signed February 10, 1763. 

§ An error. One pound extra charged in 1768. 

I This often occurs about this time. 

^ Not the poet, but the Justice of the Peace. 

174 ^^ History of Tooting-Graveney, 



For a Boy going up yc Vestry Chimney 

„ a Slate for the Singers - 

*Paid for an Intended Vestry 

P* Mr Haltaro Ironmonger - 

„ Carriage of a Grate Etc. - 

„ Mr Crowder for 3 Books 

„ for Bible for Reading Desk 
„ „ 2 surplices complete - 

1777. Voted that publick thanks be given to John Rogers 
Esqi" for his donation to the Church of an elegant 
chandelier, and that Morgan Rice be desird to 
express the grateful sense the parish entertain of 
their obligation to Mr Rogers for the same. 



P* 29 Hedgehogs 3 Stotes & 6 Pole Cats - • 114 

Vestry Book of Marriages - - - - i 12 

Printing Bills about Lead stolen from Vestry Room 6 


To Killing a Fox - - • - -10 

1780. (A rate of 9^ for alterations to the Church.) 

(Morgan Rice has ^14. o. 5 on hand from sale and 
letting of pews. This to go towards the present 
alterations and repairs. The Carpenter employed 
to take old timber away, to give credit for it. The 
rate produced ^84. 9. 11^. The expenses that year 
^112. 18. II.) 


Mr Roper drawn for Militia - - -440 



- 3 13 6 

- 2 15 

* There was trouble about this See Vestry Minute Book^ p. 74. 



Mr Relfee 


Mr Norris 
Mr Butcher 


Easter Dinner & Vestry 
Christmas do 

Selections from Churchwardens' Book. 175 

Benjamin Dunckly Drawn for Militia - -500 

W" Faulkener do - -500 

1783. (Those who could not pay their Church Rate had 

gradually increased to 3^8. o. 6 this year.) 

^Summons for Dr Allen - - • -40 

t2 Reg* Books & Stamps - - - - 3 1 1 3 


Painting & Repairing the Engine - - - 4 5 8 

Registers Stamping - - - - -190 

Forms of Prayer & List of Lent Preachers - - 56 

A Holy Bible - - - - - i 1 1 6 

12 Leather Buckets - - - - - 3 '5 o 

Beadle 8 Months (Wages) & Coat - - • 11 1 1 o 

Churchwardens' Book. 
1786 — 1803. 
786. (Rate of 6«* in £ produced £^o. 8. 10. Expended 


Repairing the Engine - - - 22 o o 

Gray for loping the Trees - - - -50 

Two men to Watch the Church i Week - - 80 

Mrs Wells Drying the Church - - -30 

2 Gals of Porter for the Workmen - - - 2 4 

Charcoal & Mop - - - - -50 

Making Curtain for Singers Gallery - • 10 

793. (Rate of (A in £ produced ^fSo. 2. o. Expenses 
^70. 12. 10.) 


Repairing Church Books - - - $ o 


Ejcpenses at Castle making choice of Ale Conner -220 
Paid to the Singers - - - - -220 

* A defaulter in his church rate. 

t The books were stamped at each entry. The 3d. to be received 
>y the parish from the midertaker, or he to be penalized £1, 

176 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 


Paid to the Singers - - - - • 3 3 ^ 

1799. (Rate at 6^ in £=87. 12. o. Extras to £94. 116. 
Exes' 3^35. 12. 6. Uncollected £6. o. a Carried 
forward ^52. 19. o.) 

1800. (The rate was 3<* in £ so the balance was swallcwd 

up and the parish owed the Ch:Wardens 18/3}. 

The Rental value of the parish jf 3479.) 


Register Book - - - - - 17 6 


♦Giving Notice of Volunteers to meet - .10 

1 8 16. 


Churchwardens' Book. 
1816— 1826. 

Church Books - - - - - 11 16 6 
Sacramental Wine - - - - -79^ 
Carpenter, ^74 i r 8. Bricklayer, £yo. Painting, 
jC32 15 3 137 611 

Repair of Engine • - - - 25 4 ^ 

Bk Cloth for Pulpitf - - - - 9 

D. Morris for Stocks - - - - - 4 15 

1818. (A 6d rate produces 3^129. 12. o. Fees 6/6= 135. 18. 
The rental value of the parish £"5184. The un- 
collected rate £13.) 


Rich^ Bay ley crying concerning Mad Dogs - 36 

Danl. Norris (Watch Box)t- - - -700 

Beating the Bounds - - - - -165S 

Boosey & Sons. (Printing Hymns) - 8 2 6 

§Crape for the Church - - - - 9 9 

* Renewal of war with France. The commencement of the 
Buonaparte scare, 
t Death of Princess Charlotte, daughter of the Prince Regent. 
X See p. 98. § George III. died January 39, 183a 

Selections from Churchwardens Book. 177 


J. Rivington, (For Confirmation Tracts) - 



Oiganist ... 



Coat & Hat for Beadle 


7 17 


1821. Rental value ^^5352. 

Sacramental Wine - 


6 II 

Boundary Posts 


6 7 


1822. Rental value £5466. 

W. H. Kelly, printing Hymns 


2 15 


Carpet for Pulpit & Desk - 


2 9 

Easter Dinner 

• • V 

5 8 


Cloths for Communion Table 

V « «» 

I 9 



• «» • 

I I 


1823. Rental value £5,619, rate 9<* 



Paper, Cards, Notes, etc, at Consecration of Ch/*. 



Josh. Pratt Grubbing in Chy^. 

* • « 


R. G. Thomas, Bill for Consecration of Chy**. 

64 9 


W. Moore „ „ 


47 10 


E. Bridges „ „ 


6 4 

S. Waller, Bricklayer 


30 6 


Ann Molyneux, painter 

* « «» 

34 7 


Jos* Overton, Carpenter 


73 13 


John Gray, printing Hymns 


4 10 

Thos Ibotson, paving Chy** - 


29 «4 


John Robinson, Marble Font 


36 15 

Large Umberella & engraving the 

same - 



Cryer, on a/c of Mad Dogs - 

m m ^ 



Expenses to deliver Petition relative to the Poor 
Laws; to L^ Holland & Mr Denniston* - - 19 4 

(Note. The rate produced £285. i. o., and with 
the /200 paid by Dr. Blegborough — see Vestry 
Minutes — almost defrayed these heavy expenses,t 
which, in view of the building of a new Church ten 
years later, would seem to have been unnecessary.) 

• See p. 108. 

t These expenses, the outcome of the Vestry Minute of 1823. 
estry Book. 



178 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 


Brass Rods .... 


- I 10 

Writing fees (on Board) 



Bowl for Font . - - 


- 14 

Hymn Books 


• 4 « 

Hicks, Carpenter - . - 


.46 6 

Bible and Prayer Book, for Vestry Room - 

- 2 I 

Church Rate-Book. 

1838— 1854. 


Pew Rents Rec** - 



69 2 

(John Durst /12. Dr Lord /15.) 

Pew Entrance fees . - - 



31 3 
100 5 

Organ Tuning 


Vestry Qerk 


Organist ... - 



« 5 

Bal. from late Ch:Wardens 




Rate - - - . 


Less Empty Houses, etc - 

"3 3 
396 16 



Rcc for costs 



397 2 

407 9 

Expenses of visitation 

2 14 


Reg" fees .... 

I 2 

Apparitor . . - - 


Confirming Rate - 


Fire Insurance, British 

10 16 

Stationery, W. Houghton - 



Oil, Joseph Stery - 


Hancock, Coals 

I 2 

G. Nightengale, do - - 



Geo. Smith, do - 


Brand, Matting 


J. G. Smith, Flourcloth {sic) 



Selections from Churchwardens Book. 179 

Joseph Glover, * Smith ' - 


I 9 


Ck Gibling, Candles 


I 6 


W. Penfold, Brooms 




Registrar's & Apparitors' fees 




Geo. Smart, Parish Clerk - 



Mary Wren, pew opener j of 


year & Bills 


13 2 


John Smart, Beadle, Organ Blower, 

etc . - - 


16 3 

John Smart (serving Summons) 


2 5 

Shooting Coals, for poor - 



Treary, Sacramental Wine 


2 12 


Rich*" Davis, ditto - 


2 19 


Stamps ... 



Letters ... 




Interest & repayment of Exch' 

Loan ... 


221 17 

Hicks* a/c & interest 


104 9 


469 18 


Bal due to CWardens 



- 2 9 5 

Signed W' 

« Winders. 

J. (Expenses of Visitation Coach Hire Etc £4. 6. o.) 
[. (In addition to the Ordinary Rate Voluntary sub- 
scriptions to the amount of ;^iii. 14. o. were 

This enabled the ChiWardens to pay Hicks his 
balance of 3^239. 17. 3. And having £38. 11. o in 
band, they in 1843 paid Gray and Davidson for 
repairs to the Organ 3^30, and Mr. Cornish for re- 
laying the Church with matting, £8. 11. o.) 


Item, A Beadles Hat - - • -200 

Pew Rents - 


- 76 7 

Pew entrance fees - 

t • 

. 19 8 


Old Watch Box sold 

■ m 






Burgess for Bell Hanging • 


- 5 17 

i8o TJu History of Tooting-Graveney. 


Beadles Hat- - - - - -24^ 

„ Coat - - - - -51$^ 

New Surplice - - • - -30c 

Repairs Church-yard Fence - - - 6 2 1 

1845. Rateable value 3^7888. 6. o. 

(About this time I find the "Baker's Anns" rate 

also the garden adjoining the Calvinistic CbapeL 
1849. R®c«* for Breaking of the Church Windows, Clai 

6/2. Poole 6/6. Weatherspoon 9/6. Foster i 

£^' 5 2. 

(Note. These boys are named in the Schc 
house minutes as having been punished, bat tfa 
names are spelt differently — viz., Forster (Hen 
Clark (George).) 

P^ for 3 Summonses for Boys Breaking windows, 

and attendance at Court • - - - i: 

P** 39 Summons for Ch. Rates - - - 3 >' 

P** Refreshments at Court - - - - i< 


Visitation fees & Expenses - - - * 4 < 

Expenses at beating of Bounds - - - '5 I 

Smart, Sundries - 12 4 

4 Men & Police - -150 

Craghill Refreshments - -102 

Weaver do - - 5 12 o 

Treary do - -760 

1851. (These accounts are in the handwriting of Mr 
Norris the present Vestry-Clerk.) 

P** final payment to Goverment for Loan - - 73 i 

P^ Men beating Hassocks - - - • 

P* for Coal for Beadle - - - • 5 J 

P* for Hat „ „ - - - - 2 

P* for 2 Surplices - - • - - 4 ^ 

* The garden at the back of the chapel in the Merton Road, 
used as a Mission Hall. 

Selectiofis from Churchwardens' Book. i8i 

Mitcham Gas Co. ass** at £20. 
Lambeth Water Ca „ j{^i65. 


P^ Mr. Treloar for matting - - - -410 

Churchwardens' Accounts. 
1873 — 1896. 

J. RecP^ Including Pew Rents and Sub"* £203. 9. loi- 

Expenses £206. 18. 4i. 

Candles ^^3. 6. 2., and as this year there is a 

charge for laying on gas and for gas-fitting work, 

the era of candle-light ends. 

f. 3^52. 10. 8 for Repairs, £"18. 8. 9 for gas, £4. 2. 11 J 
for Lamp glasses. 

Recp^ 3^202. 8. i^. Exes. 3^232. 17. 9^. 

J. Recp^ £171- 14- lo}- Exes. ;f 164. 18. oj. 

). The Churchwardens were deeply in debt for 
current expenses, so voluntary subscriptions were 
asked for and £b^. 12. 6. rec^. This cleared off 
the 1877 I^^bt 3^56. 10. 3. 

At Easter 1879 a balance was struck, and the 
Ch:Wardens owed £60. 17. 3 and had £20. 19. i to 
pay it with. By the aid of Mr. Mullen's pew rent 
3^25, at the next Easter 1880 there was a balance 
in hand of £25. 7. 9!. The term " Beadle " drops 
out hefe and " Sexton " is used instead. 

2. Voluntary Sub"* 3^58. 7. 6 obtained to put things 

}. Ch:Wardens had 3^16. 7. \o\ in hand, but there was 
4 years owing to the Organ tuners. This was paid 

|, and still £9. 3. 2\ left in hand. They paid towards 
Choral Fund 3^5. For Screen 3^5. For alterations 
for the Rector 3^5. Towards reseating the Church 

1 82 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

£16. II. 3|. The Offertory account was about £30 

1887. Ch:Wardens again in debt Voluntary sub& £40. 7.0 
and Loan from Rector of £10. put them in funds 
again. This year a septennial policy was taken 
out with the Westminster Fire Office at a cost of 
£2$. 5. o, a saving on the 3^4 17 6 paid each year 
previously, as in 1894 when the policy was renewed, 
it only cost £b. 4. 2. 

1890. Church Tower required repairs. Donations £19 to 
pay for the same. 

1894. A gale blew down a large part of the Church-Yard 
fence in the Church Lane. This cost £2^, 10. 
to replace, as the old wood was rotten. The result 
a deficit of ^f 34. 18. 6. In 

1895, this was reduced to £1$. i. 2. 


I66I — 1692. 

1661. Memorandum Received 28"" of Juae of the Lady 
Maynard the amouot of Twenty ShilHngs given by 
Sir John Maynard to ye poore of parrish of Lower 
Tooting for evir as per deede now at large will 
appeere beeing now in the custody of Edw Dudson 
which 2(fi anewety for this yeare was by him and 
M' Endebrook distributed as foUoweth 

Imp'' to the Widdow Kiog - 

P* to Nich: IJns Wife 

P* to Widdow Baker - 

f to •M" Hannoway 

P^ to Witliam Godman 

P^ to Goodman Lowiss 

P* to Old Bess - - - ■ - 00 01 06 

P* to Goody Langley - ■ - - 00 01 00 

P* to Goody Taylor ■ ■ • 00 01 06 

Memoraad This Annewety of twenty shillP is to 
be paid on the 28>l> of July for ever to Edward 
Dudson or some other of the ffefTeesf and to be dis- 

* Distinctly written Mn. a year later. 

t Feolfec, one invuted with a fief or trust 

184 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

tributed at the discretion of the Minister Church- 
wardens and Overseers as per y« said deeds now at 
Large will appear. 

Sir John Maynards gift ffor the yeare 1662 and 
1663 weare enterd in the Churchwardens booke 
and weare distributed according to the Am<^ there 

(The assessment for 1661 amounted to j^g. 2. S 
but only produced 3^7. 12. 8 Lady Maynard £1. lao. 
her son Sir John, (the younger) 3/7.) 

(This is signed by Benjamin Lovell (see 
Rectors), John Dudson, George Endebrooke, 
Joshua Gearing. The total amount received for 
the year was) 

Balance ofSmith's charity, and assessment 12 16 10 
Amount expended 11 10 00 

Forward 01 06 10 

Among the items of expenditure are : 

Imp. for syning y* Assessment by 3^* Justices & ther 

warrant there uppon - - - - 00 03 00 

P* to Goodwife King for 49 weekes Pens' - - 02 09 00 

pd for a years rent for Goodwife King - - 01 10 00 

P** for a wastcot for Goodman Lowiss - - 00 04 00 

P** for a new book for Poors Assessment ^ - 00 02 00 

P** Godman for The Common field gate - - 00 07 00 

P"* to Wil Kings Master towards the Clothing of 

Will King when he went to Prentice • - 01 00 00 

P<* for waites & Skales for y* Parish - - - 00 18 00 

Given to Taylors Daughters Husband - - 00 01 00 

(The justices who signed were John Bromfield, 
Tho. Lee, George Chute, Geo. Moore.) 

(During this year the term Lower Tooting is 
used, also Tutting-Graveney.) 
1664. An acc^ of Moneyes paide by me Joshua Gearing 
being the gift of Mr Henry Smith according to the 


Overseers Book. 185 

directions in Mr Smiths deede for charitable uses 
ffor the releife of the pore of Lower Tooting since 
the I2**> of Aprill 1664. 

P^ Mr. Dudson for 20 yards of doath - - 002 14 00 

P^ Goodman Koades ffor makeing a goune for Af* 
Hanoway & a Peticoate & wastcoote for goodwife 
Richards & a Pettecote and wastcote for good- 
wife Langly & a cote for ould goodman Lowin 
& for materials that he found - • • 00 17 00 

P"* ffor two shirts ffor Edward Baker - - 00 04 04 

This was 2 yeers donation less the expense of 
fetching the money. 

Rec> of Lady Maynard for Gleabe - • • 00 02 00 

„ Mr. Gearing „ „ - •» - 00 01 40 

„ Mr. Couchman „ „ • - - 00 00 04 

„ Mr. Sares „ „ - - - 00 00 03 

„ Mr. Bickley now Humphy Pledg for Gleabe 00 00 08 

„ Walter Sanham „ „ 00 01 03 

2-3. P* out wch was expended in and about Mr Hawkins 
his maid brought to bedd in the parish 02. 04. 04. 

5. July the 26*^' Rec<* then by the order of the Lady Mary 
Maynard from George Starton and Joseph Moore 
Surveyors of the Highways for the parish of Stret- 
ham ye sum of eight shillings being in consideration 
for leave granted to digg gravell in the comons 
belonging to the parish of Tooting Graveney To 
mend the highways of ye said parish of Stretham 
and eight shillings were to be paid on Michaelmas 
daye next 00. 08. 00. 

(Other entries make this up to 16/- for 1675 and 
a like sum for 1676.) 

2. Memorandum That at a meeting of the parrish this 
day a " breif " was produced whereby six shillings 
and fivepence was collected for the parrish of 
Newent in the county of Gloucester in the 26*^ 

1 86 The History of Tooting-Gravemy. 

yeare of the Kings Reigne which breif* not being 
called for the money collected was delivered by 
Mr Bickley for the use of the poore and if herafter 
it should be called for the parrish will make it 

Also one breif more produced by Mr Bickley the 
summe collected five shillings for Topshamt in 
devon the 27^** yeare of the Kings Reigne, also one 
breif now produced by Mr Sanders the samme 
collected seaven shillings five pence for the parrish 
of Harlington* in Midlesex the 29^** year of the 
Kings Reigne, which said money is now disposed 
of to the poore of the said parrish and if hereafter 
the Collect' should come for the said money the 
parrish will make it good as abovesaid. 

1683. (30/- rec<^ from Street ham for gravell and disposed 

of to poor parishioners.) 

1684. (3^2. 5. for same purpose.) 

1685. Memorandum That Hannah Ranee was sent to the 
parish of Tutin with a passe in ye second day of 
October, her keep in the parish cost ^^i. 12. 0. and 
she was given 6/- when she went away. 

1688. (Timothy Turner's small handwriting here appears. 
Repeated accounts of sales of gravel both to 
Streatham and private persons. The money dis- 
tributed to the poor.) 

(" Smiths Gift " repeatedly entered in the book, 
both its receipts and disbursements undated 
[? 1684].) 

Disbursed of Mr Smiths gift by Mr Elliott 

* Brief issued in 1675-6 to rebuild the church at Newent, io 
Gloucestershire, which had fallen down ; the loss was estimated at 
£7.000, " Church Briefs," Bewes, p. 285. 

t Topsham, in Devon. Brief issued 1876-7 ; amount required 
£l^(fj' 5. 9., for damage by fire. IkitL 

X Harlington, Middlesex. Brief issued 1677-8 for £\o^ to cover 
loss by fire. Ibi(L^ p. 286. 

Overseers Book. 187 

Pd for doath for the poor - - - - i 10 o 

P** for making & other charges - - - no 

P'* for Beefe & Bread for the poor in the great Frost* 19 o 


(At the end of the book there are several entries 
giving an account of Maynard's annual gift.) 
Also Rec<> of Mr Thos Dudson the sum of five 
pounds being given to the poor of the parish by the 
last will and testament of Edward Dudson Esq and 
was distributed the 6*** of December Anno Dn 1675 
as followeth 

To Joh Acham - - - - - 7 6 

„ Old Smith 76 

„ The Wife of Richard Archer - - - 10 o 

„ Will Ffrancis 12 6 

„ Widow Plemdel - - - - - 12 6 

„ John Linn - - - - - 12 6 

„ Old Crofts - - - - - 7 6 

„ Widow Hampton • - - - - 7 6 

„ Widow Buckingham - - -50 

„ Old Sandham - • - -50 

„ John Lewis - - - - - 7 6 

„ Martha - - - - * 5 ^ 


Overseers' Book. 

1692 — 1726. 

695, (Sir John Maynards Charity Six years in arrears, 
paid by Sir Paul Hitchcott [? Whichcote] and the 
amount is included in the years Receipts and Ex- 
penditure, one entry being) 

* ** In the great frost of 1683-4 the forest trees, and even the oaks, 
I England, were split by the frost ; most of the hollies were killed, the 
hames was covered with ice 1 1 inches thick, and nearly all the birds 
erished. A fair was held on the Thames for nearly three months ; 
txnit fifty coaches ran on the Thames as upon dry land." — *^ Memo- 
inda of a Citizen.** 

1 88 The History of Tooting-Graueney. 

P^ to severall poore people of y* parish oat of}* 

gift of S"" Jno Maynard 5. 2. 

(Total Recpt £y>. 10. 1 1 Expended £10. 7. 5.) 

F^ for a Robbery committed in our hundred upon 

John Ingram £2. 3. 0. 

1697. P<> to y« hig Constable for Cherse Brief* 0. 7. 6. 


Disbus* fTor hanna Ranee a horshiar • .16 

fTor a days worke a couch hiar and vittells - - S ^ 

fTor a Days worke and strong water and the hors- 
hiar and the standing of my horse a couch hiar 
and vitells - - - - - - 6 7 

fTor a flannell Shift and a Speting Pot and my horses 
Standing - - - - - -5 10 

Pd the Sistar of the Ward - - - - 2 2 

Pd for a Pair of Shoes and mending a Pair • .36 

Mr. Scriven Paid at the Hospikle - - .10 

fTor 3 weeks Diet and Washing hur House - • 156 


Pd to Rich^ Chandler high Constable for Charges of 
suite ag* John Frampton on Pretence of Robbery 260 

(Rate produced 3^47 . 12 • 6. Evidently a deal 
of poverty this year. Total Expenses £50 .2.0. 
Receipts £48 . 3 . 11.) 

1701. Disbursed ^^29 12 10. 

(A note by the Justices at the end of the account) 

Memorandum That y^ succeeding overseers of 

y« poor doe ye next yeare bring in a list of ye pen- 

shioners by themselves and their accounts by 


1702. (This is the amended style of account.) 

The account of John Midgee overseer of y« poore 
of the parish of Tooting for ye year 1702. 

Wido Wilson Pension from y* 17"* of April 1702 till 
Decemb' 14, 36 Weeks at 3 Shillings P' Weeke -580 

* No trace of a Chertsey Brief near thb date. 

Overseers Book. 189 

and 1 5 weeks at 2/- per Weeke - - - i 10 o 

Wido Bespitch 51 Weeks at 1/6 P' Weeke - - 3 16 o 
Tho Day from April y* 13*** 

3 Weeks at i/- P' Weeke - - - -30 

and 8 weeks at 1/6 P' Weeke • - -120 

and 29 weeks at 2 Shill pr weeke - - -2180 

W"* Ely from October y* 12*** till Nfarch ye 29**^ 1703 

being 25 weeks att 1/6 pr weeke - - • i 17 6 

Other Disbursing 

P** for the Warrant horsehire - - - 2 6 

P"* John hausman* ale Conner - - - 3 6 

Gave W" Ely at several times dureing his weake- 

nesse before he went into ye hospitall - - 76 

More for Two Shirts & nickclothes & capps & other 

things when he went into the hospital - • 14 6 

P'* Sam* Taylor for mending Wilsons house as by 

hisBiU 76 

P** John Harwood for timber and worke at Wilsons 

house - - - - - -43 

Gave Tho Day when he went into the Hospital - 30 

for two shirts & 2 Nickcloathes in the Hospital - 90 

gave Wido Sander when sick - - -10 

gave Ely when in the hospital to buy him breeches- 2 o 

Gave Tho Day in the hospital - - -10 

P^ Tho Shorey the tax for hannah Ranees burying - 40 
for p' of indentures and a bond for Cooks Boy • 70 

P* Nicho Lynn old overseere - - -186 

P** to the Wido Wilson to buy the Girls apron & 

other charges when she went to the Workhouse 

att London - - • - - • 10 8 

P* W" Coregas ye Bill for Elys charges when he 

Caught his fall - • • • -100 

lent Ely 7/- to buy timb' and rec<* 5/- out of Sir John 

Maynards gift - - -20 

P<* for the Coffin & other charges for Thos Day - 126 
P*" Joseph Caustall by Order - • - -150 

for a Pair of Sheets for Ely - - - 6 8 

P^ Edward Deacon his Constables Bill - • i S ^ 

gave a Poore Woman Great with Child - - 6 

p<* to several Poore Sir John Maynards gift by order 400 

♦ John Harvey. 

iQO The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

F* M' Brand for rent for the Poorc due at lady day- 400 
P** Edward Sares for rent for the Poorc - - 3 

delayments for ye Jews Empty house - - 3 9 

for signing the accounts • - - .30 

*36 9 4 
The Acc^s of John MidgeeOverseere of the poorc 
for ye yeare 1702. 

The said Parishioners Charges the said Overseere 
with Two Bookst amounting to the sum of - 38 10 3i 

Rec** more of Charles Lynton of Sir John Maynards 
Gift ye sum of four pounds in p* of Seven Pounds 
due at Midsumer last past being 20* p' Ann: -400 

Rec^ of Mr Rice of Streatnam for Gravel - - 17 6 

43 7 9J 
The said overseere charges the said parishioners 
with disbursements as appeares 36 . 9 . 4 

Soe there Remains to pay the succeeding over- 
seere 6 . 18 . 5i 

Tooting the 13*** of March 1703 

The above account of John Midgee hath been 
perused and allowed and the Six Pounds Eighteen 
Shillings and Five Pence we order the said Midgee 
to pay unto the next overseer. 

Timo Turner. 
Ja Bateman. 
Jo^ Scriven Tho Man Isaac Brand Charles Leane 
John Couchman Edw Sares Charles Linton Will 
Signed by the Justices on the 2^^^ of April, 1703. 

Math Andrews Tho Lant 

1704. (An extract from Mr Deputy Scriven's will, here 
inserted in the book. It is quoted under the head- 
ing of Charities.) 

* The auditors (if there were any) evidently did not consider it 
needful to call upon the overseers to pay the i/- overcast in this 
account. t Two rates. 

Orej'sccrs' Book. 191 

^706. Spent for a new Chimney and Carpenters work for 
John Francis 426 

(Counsellor Masters received a fee of 10/-.) 
^707. (An assessment at 9** in £ produced 3^24 . 13. 10.) 
^7 II. (Several Boys are charged for, as being lodged at 
Wendsor Farm, at the rate of 3/- each per week. 
This is the earliest record in the Overseers books 
of the boarding out of pauper children.) 

(Widow Jeffs had been married in the Fleet.* 
The parish paid i/- to search for the record of the 




P** for Medicine for ye children with ye Itch - 18 

P** for Schooling for ye Boy 40 weeks 2^ • - 6 8 

(Various small sums for Childrens Articles of Attire 
Charged this year) 

?*" for Candles for the use of the Watch - - 20 

F* „ Coales for Ditto - - - 7 9 

P* for a pair of Brecks for W" Henshmant - 26 

V^ Gibson for keeping the child that was left in In 
this parish from the 13^ of August to the 3^ of 
October is 8 weeks at 3' per week • - -140 

P* for Laying the Child at Gibsons - • -006 

* Fleet Marriages. — ^The first notice of a Fleet marriage is in 16 13, 
and the first entry in a register is 1674. Rooms were fitted up in the 
taverns of the Fleet, and in the Fleet parsons' houses, for the purpose 
of performing the ceremony. Registers were kept by the parsons who 
ofikiated, and a collection of these were bought by the Government in 
1 82 1, and is deposited in Somerset House. In 1753 these marriages 
were abolished, and on the day before the Act came into force, viz., 
March 26, 1754, there were 217 marriages entered in one register 
alone. Sir Walter Besant gives a vivid account of the Fleet in his 
norel, ''The Chaplain of the Fleet." See Barnes' ^ History of Fleet 
Marriaget,*' and John Ashton*s ^ The Fleet ; its River, Prison, and 

t This lad cost the parish a considerable sum for schooling, keep, 
9nA ckHhes. 


192 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

P> for a Cofen for the Cluld at Gil>son's - -036 

P<i for fflanell to bury the Child at Gibson's - -oil 

H for Bread and Bere for the Childs buerl - - 2 6 

P* for Deging the grawe ad Ringing the bell for 
the child at Gibson's . . - 

(Expenses of year 
£Z^. 12. o.) 

P** for 9 Bushels of Coal^ at i/- per Bushel 
P** for straw for a woman in y* Watch house 
P^ Goody Bates for washing & cleaning the Woman 
& Children -.---- 
P*^ for Keeping her & her Children 4 weeks 

P** Tho Archer for 12 badges for the Poorc - -04 



P<* to Docter Parriolt - - - - i 13 

1725. (Rate signed Palmerston) 

P^ Mr Chalkhill one years rent for the Poores 
house - - - • - - I 10 

Expenses for year £41. 8. 4. Receipts £41. \*%* 

(Note the following document is loose at the end 
of the book viz. — ) 

"Two the Churchwardens & overseers of y* 
Poor of y« parish of Tooten Graveny in y« County 
of Surry & Two y« Churchwardens & overseers of 
y« poor of y« parish of Hays In the County of Med- 
Surry Js Whereas Complaint vpon oath is made 
vnto vz two of His Majestys Justices of y« Peace 
for y« Covnty of Surry (Quorm vnus) by y* 
Churchwardens & overseers of y« poor of the 
parish of Tooten Graveny in y« parish afforesaid 
g* Francies Reding y« wife of Danile Reding & 
Francies, Eliz, Mary & Susanna Reding y« children 
of the said Danile and Francies Reding his wife 
are intrued into their said parish & are become 

Overseers Book. 193 

Chargable & at this time Acteurley Relived by the 
said parish of Tooten Graveny aforesaid We y« 
said Justicesis, upon Examening y^ primeses Doe 
find a Certifficate from y« Churchwardens & over- 
seers of the poor of y« Parish of Hayes in y« Covnty 
of Midellsex owning & Acknowlidging Danile 
Reding and Francies Reding his wife to be their 
Inhabitents Legaly settleled with them in y® said 
Parish of Hayes in y« County of Midellsex afore- 
saidy we doe adjvdge y® same to be true and doe 
allso Adjudge y^ the last place of the said Francies : 
ElLz : Mary : & Susanna : childern of y® said 
Danile & Francies Reding his wife. Last Legal 
Setellment is in y* Parish of Hayes in y* Covnty of 
Midellsex aforesaid. 

>hn Heath /^. These are therefore in His Majestys 

^-^ name to command 

)hn Man /^ You yc Churchwardens & overseers 

^-^ of the poor of y« parish of Tooten 
Graveney in y* Covnty of Surry, forthwith to 
Remove y* said Francies Reding y® wife of Danile 
Reding, with Francies, Eliz: Mary & Susannah 
reding from your Parish of Tooten Graveny to y® 
Parish of Hayes in y® County of Midellsex and 
deliver them to the Churchwardens and overseers 
of the Poor of y* Parish of Hayes or some of them 
Together with the Precept or a True Copy 
Heareofe, who are Hereby required to Receive & 
Provide for them as their Inhabetints Legaly 
Setteled with them in there said Parish of Hayes 
in the County of Midellsex aforesaid, hearof faile 
not. Given vnder our Hands and SeaJes this z^^ 
Day of December 1727." 

(Note. The overseers' accounts, 1725, have 
the following payments in connection with this 
order :) 


194 ^^ History of Tooting-Graveney. 

P' for Goody Reding & her four children provisions 
nursing & fireing 20 days - • - • 01 17 k^ 

F* for a man & Cart 2 Horses and a Poor Woman 
that carried them to Hayes in Meddx - . 01 02 06 

Overseers' Book of Accx)unts. 
1757— 1766 

1757- (i/- io the £ rate for \ year produced £46. 2.) 
B' a pece of flannell to put round a child that was 

found dead to bury in - 
P* for Mr Tugey too woman to sitt up with him 
sick & helpless & coles & nesseries for a fort- 
night - - - - - -10 6 

P* for examination of Mrs CoUycrs Cook - -10 

for getting her Cloths out of pawn • - -234 

(The Years expenses - - - - 90 11 4J) 

1758. (Receipts £118. 15. 6. Expenses £117. 8. loj. 
Rate 2/6 in £.) 

1759. (Receipts ;f 164. 18. o. Exes. £147. 5. iij. Rate 
3/6 in £.) 

1764. (Receipts ;f 143. 5. o. Exes. £133. 15. 6. Rate 2/3 
in £.) 

Overseers* Book. 

1774— 1777. 

The accounts in this book are very imperfectly kept, but 
are regularly sworn before the Justices. 

1774. Lord Trimleston assessed on £30. Morgan Rice, 
house on common empty. Rev. Mr. Lee assessed 
on ;f 23. Rev. Mr. Wilton assessed on 3^36. 

Paid Mr. Gover for a pair of shoes for yonng 
Powell, 3s. 6d. Jane Gibson, for carrying Indifs 
child to churchyard, is. Paid for making one 
shift, 8d. Paid for mutton, Betty Webb, 6d Paid 
for clothing young Powell, 14s. 6d. Paid Gray* 
for burying Inclifs child, 2s. 6d. Expenses to 

♦ Parish clerk. 

Overseers Book. 195 

London to arrest Taylor for a bastard child sworn 
by Mary Wisdom, lis. ^\^. Paid Mr. Rice by order 
of Vestry on account of seizing a one-horse chair 
belonging to Mr. Rogers, £\o los. (see Vestry, p 75). 
6. Rev. Mr. Bowden assessed at £24. Expenses of 
taking Thos. Webb for a child sworn to him by 
Hannah Chitty, 9s. 6d. Midwife, 5s. Expenses 
at Sessions, 5s. License to marry Webb and 
Chitty, £1 6s. 6d. Expenses of attending the 
marrying of ditto, £\ 2s. 6d. Expenses of marry- 
ing Henry Knee to Ann Giblin, £\ i8s. Breeches, 
coat and waistcoat for C. Gibbling, los. 

Summary of Overseers' Account Book. 

1777 — 1786. 

he first half-year the rate at is. in the £ brought 
'95 i6s., and the next half-year £94 4s. 6d. Among 
items of expense are: Expenses of binding Sarah 
;t apprentice, 7s. 6d. Expenses apprehending and 
rying Thos. Green to Elizabeth Betts, ^5 15s. A 
•book, 2s. 6d. Clothing Thos. Ansell, £2 2S., and 
ling him apprentice, 15s. 6d. Joseph Willson's 
riage with Ann Herbert, £z los. 6d. In wood's family 
ch seems to have been at Croydon, and passed here, 
then taken in a cart to Streatham), total cost, in- 
ing fee for counsel, £22 13s. 6d. — an expensive pauper. 
Overseers on the two rates, in spite of 3^23 i6s. iid. 
nee from previous year, are 3^23 17s. 5d. behind- 
1, having only as assets jfii 7s. 6d. uncollected, 
e of this amount. Lord Trimleston's, to wit, was an 
-assessment. To meet this deficit, the next year the 
was 2s. 9d. in the £ is. 6d. the first and is. 3d. the 
nd half-year. Wm. Edditor gets into some trouble, 
le Overseers and constable take him to the bench, at 
St of 7s. 6d. Dr. Chiddenton is paid his account of 
And in both 1778 and 1777, Mr. Gover receives 


196 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

£10 los. by order of the Vestry. In 1779 ^^ ^^^^ ^^ 
2s. 6d. in £. £12 was received from the Overseers of 
West Clandon on account of expenses of Barstin's family. 

1780. The rate 2s. 9d, in the £. £14 is. sd. paid to SL 
Thomas's Hospital. 3^20 5s. to the apothecary. The 
attorney, £4 gs. 6d. Loringe, £"10 los, (paid Overseer). 
They spent £7 2s. 6d. on Mary Peters* child, and to 
recover this expended £2 lis. lod. going after George 
Robinson, its father, and recovered £7 7s. from him. 

1781. Rate, 2s. 9d. in the £. Dr. Allen's tithe is vahed 
at £to. Another 3^12 is received from West Clandoo, 
and £1^ I2S. from Merton, on account of Edditor (see 
ante). Bills are paid Mr. Mason for Hart (see p. 81), 
£16 14s. iid. 1782. Rate, 3s. Mr. Mason, the attorney, 
£37. The rate was worth 3^359 i8s. 1783. Rate, > 
Paid " Humphreys' bill for a man that had an accident in 
Garratt Lane." £2 13s. (surcharged to Streatham parish). 

1784. Rate, 5s. in £. Insurance on poor house, £1 2s. 6d. 
Serving four subpcenaes, 4s. Still trouble over Edditor 
and Inwood. ^i os. 6d. spent in going after the first, 
and £'^ los. on his trial. Paid for digging of gravel 
£^ 4s. 6d. Macklin, for lying-in and clothes, £2 15s. 
This rate was heavy in consequence of the building of the 
poor-house. The amount expended in the ordinary way 
was ;f293 i6s. lod., the rate bringing in £626 16s. 6d. 
The details of the cost of the poor-house will be foond 
in the Poor-house Chapter ; enough here to say it cost 
£"358 los. 9d. 

1785. , , 

Disbursements for Thomas Palmer: £^^ 

52 Weeks Board @7l' - - - - 18 18 

To a Coat 10/- To Breeches 14/- - - 1 4 

To a Pick Axe 5/6 To Washing & Mending 
2/6/6 - - - - - - 2 12 

To 52 Weeks Bear 18/- To a Shovel! 4/6 - 1 2 6 

To a Window i/- To Second Hand Breeches 7/6 8 6 

24 5 

Overseers Book. 197 

Summary of Overseers' Book of Accounts. 

1793— 1798. 

In 1793 a rate at is. 6d. in £ brought in ^f 238 2S. The 
expense of removing Mary Hall to Newmarket was £6 6s. 
Work done in the workhouse brought in jfiS 4s. 3j^d. 
P^d 4s. 6d. for three christenings. Richard Osgood and 
fiunily removed to Cheam at a cost of £1 6s. 6d. 
1795. Expenses at the Rising Sun at passing of Over- 
seers' accounts, 9s. For a shirt and stockings for James 
Tirreli, 6s. 7d. For nine bushels of potatoes, i8s. Ex- 
penses at the Rising Sun, ^i is. Expense of a hackney 
coach from St. Luke's to Tooting, £2 2s. Paid for 372 
hundred {sic) of cabbage plants, 3s. 6d. Expenses on 
Easter Tuesday, £1 is. 1797. Expenses of Coroner's 
inquest, £1 7s. Crier on 5th of November forbidding the 
use of fireworks, is. Paid a man with one eye, 2s. 

Poors Rate (Overseers') Book. 
1801 — 1824. 

1801. P^ Xmas and Easter Vesteris £2. 11. o. 

1802. 3/6 in £ produced ^^636. 10. 6. Robert Bellon 

was Master of the Workhouse. Thread and Tape 
for use in Workhouse £1. 12. 6. 

1803. Shirts and Breeches at Miller's Sale for the house, 
£4. 6. o. 

1804. The Rate produced £661. 16. 6d., the rental value 
having increased. 

1805. A Rate of is. 4d. in the pound for finding men for 
the additional force raised ^^222. 16. o. (This 
was the year Buonaparte prepared to invade 
England.) Cost of John Hatt s wedding, 3^4. 14. 6. 
Spruce Beer, 8s. 6d. Beer for Workhouse, £1. 9. o^. 
(In spite of the wave of patriotism which covered 
the land, the defaulters in the '' Defence " rate 

198 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

amounted to £33.) The work done by the people 
in the House amounted to £9 los. 8d., after de- 
ducting the matron's salary. Beer for the House, 
£2. 15. ^\. Faggots, £2. 2. o. 

1806. A Rate of 5/- in £ produced £1203. 4. 7. 

1807. A Rate of 3/- in £ „ 3^585- 3- o. 

F^ Coroners Jury at the Plow, ^i. 10. o. Ditto 
for Molyneux, £1. i. o. 

1808. A Rate of 5/6 in £ produced 3^1095. 10. 6d. 

Trery and Gibson are paid £2. 9s. od. for examin- 
ing the Weights and Balances. 

1810. A Rate of 5/- in £ produced 3^1189. 10. 0. (A 

number of names appear as not having paid their 
rates, but a note at the side explains that " every 
one of these persons have accounts against the 
parish.'*) John Ravenhill signs the rate book for 
the first time, also W"*. Houghton, as vestry clerk 
and Churchwarden, Walter Lord, ChrWarden, 
Robert Hicks, late Overseer, John Hodge and 
James Waller, Overseers for 181 1. (This is a 
return, after long disusage, to the good old style of 
signing the Overseers* accounts. It is to be noted 
that for some years the Justices have not signed 
the accounts. Those compiling local histories owe 
great thanks to the parishioners who revived the 
signing of parish documents.) 

181 1. Beer account 3^25. 9. o. £10. 3. 8. £24. 10. 0. 
Gin £2. 10. o., and with other accounts 3^207. 8. 7. 
due to Tradesmen at Easter, when the new Over- 
seers took up the work. Jane Wright was Mistress. 
Pd John Cover and W" Houghton for taking 
population (census) £6. 4. o. 

1812. The Plumb family leave the village. The poor rate 

was 5/6 = £1380. 6. 6. 

1813. Two Soldiers Wifes (sic) passes from Tooting to 

Dorking 11/4. 

Overseers Book. 199 

1814. The Overseers went to Guildford 2 Days at a cost 
of £&. 16. 10. 

1815. A Coroners Inquest on James Waller p«i £1. i. o. 
(Overseer in 1811.) The inmates of the House 
earned 3^35. 7. 2. for the parish. 

1816. Marchant receives 3^19. 19. o, as Overseer under the 

head of Salaries, and 3^15 for extra service. (A 
curious entry follows :) Expenses to Sutton Kent 
including Coach hire to and from London for 
Churchwardens signatures to notices, £\. 2. o. 
(The Wardens were Walter Lord and W. Doolan.) 
P** R. G, Thomas for furze £2. 15. o. and £1 for 
cartage. David Dukes was paid 4/- a month for 
seeing to the garden of the poor house. The rate 
this year at 4/6 in £ produced 3^1154. 14. o. 

18 17. £15. 18. o. spent on Surveying, and £2. 5. o. for 

meeting the Streatham parish officers going their 
bounds. 52 weeks pension at 12/- and 3^7. 7. o. for 
extras paid to Eliz. Brett and refunded by the 
parish of Thorley. (Evidently this parish had a 
much higher scale of relief than we did, or the 
circumstances were somewhat different.) Marchant 
gets 3^15 extra pay. 

1818. Marchant's salary fixed at 3^30 a year, a saving to 

the parish of 3^4. 19. o. on previous years. The 
County Rate had gfrown to 3^65. 5. 6. It was 
£11. 13. 4. in 1802. (Between 1812 and 1832 the 
pauperism in the county was a great burden upon 
the taxes, and threatened to ruin this country.) 
Thorley pays 3^47. 3. o. on a/c of Mary Brett. 
The paupers earned 3^30. o. 3. The Justices 
signed the balance sheet. 

1 819. Tea at Sutton coming from Reigate 2/-. P<> for 

Cloth for great coats £6. 4. 6. Scarlet Cloth for 
collars 2/6. Buttons 2/-. Making 3 great coats 
10/6. Paid for Staves 3/-. Painting and whitening 

200 Tlu History of Tooting-Graveney. 

ditto tg/e. County Rate ^87. o. 8. Dinner at 
Christmas (The Angel) £^. 9. S. Ao item which 
hardly explains itself is : " Exes two days to 
Stratford with Horse and Cart, including 12/- for 


Constables, 9/- for Marriage fees, £\. 7. 6, fof 
Wedding Dinner, and Man in Custody at Stratford 

= 3. 6. II." Marriage portion of ^5. Tbe 

Thorley pensioner receives £33. 12. o. {She hid 

Overseers Book, 201 

a family, as shoes for her children are included.) 
Work done in the Poor House ^^42. 2. 3. 

1820. P* Wandsworth Constables 7/6 for suppressing 
Gambling in Public Houses. 

1821. Dr. Ravenhill receives Funeral fees 19/6. County 
Rate 3^130 no. Paid 2/6 for Publishing Banns 
between R. Squire and S. Quinter. 1/6 ditto 
J. Everett and H. Gibson. 14/2 to Jno. Groves 
"to pay Interest and take Cloathes out of pawh." 

1822. Esther Sissons, Mistress of the poor House. Paid 
Butterworth for supplement to Burn* 17/-. Mar- 
chant gets £\o extra = £40. 

1823. Overseers Salary ^^40. P^ quota of expenses in 
petitioning Parliament for an alteration of the law 
of Settlements 19/7. The new Poor Law Act was 
passed in 1834. 

Overseers Accounts. 

As during the greater portion of this period the work- 
house was in use, this book refers chiefly to the expenses 
incurred by the overseers in regard to that institution : 


The Provision account was - 318 6 10 

Clothing - - 44 7 8 

RqMiirs • 10 16 i 

Sakries - • 121 18 8 

Hospitals - - - • 23 8 o 

Burials - - - 10 2 6 

Removals and Court fees - - 17 19 i 

Sundries • - - - 172 i8 8 

Pensioners ------ 260 17 6 

t „ to be repaid - - 10 1 1 o 

Casual Relief - - loi 12 o 

Passes unknown poor - 9 12 11 

IJ20 17 II 

* Bum's "Justice of the Peace, 
f By other parishes. 


202 The History of Tooting-Gravetuy. 

£66 was due to the overseer on this account 
Work done by Inmates jf 33 - 18 . 3 


The cost o( Poor Relief was - ■ i.m' 9 * 
Work done by Inmates - - • 19 3 * I 
Deficit 87 < * I 


The cost was - - ■ - irf^i 9 * 
Workdoneby lamates - - - 18 7 4 
Deficit 17 '" 10 


The cost was i^ 5 » 

Work done by Inmates ■ - 11 19 7 

Balance to credit - - - 4 ' " 


The cost was <>3"7 Mi" 

Work done by Inmates - -840 
Deficit 71 "o ) 


The cost was 1.6" '<» ' 

Work done by Inmates - - ■ - 4 • * 

Deficit SS "7 J 


The cost was* ".746 * >! 

Work done in House - - - 4 " 

Deficit 148 S "I 


The cost wast i>oS7 * S* 

Work done in House - -13 4 

Deficit! "49 8 J 


The cost was§ 2,<»9 9 ' 

Work in House 8 7* 

Deficit 61 19 * 

* Includes ^52 advanced to the Highway Surveyors for the o"- 
plojmcnt of the poor. 

t ncludcs ^102 paid to the same body. 

I Justices disallowed overseers' salary (£40, no voucher), and £4 
for a Christmas dinner. 

§ j£8S tos. od. to surveyors. 

Overseers Book. 203 


The cost was* 

• • 




Work in House - 




15 10 

Deficit - 




2 II 


The cost was 

• • 



10 7 

Work in House - 

• » 





Balance - 

M * 



10 6^ 


The cost was 




II 5i 

Work done in House 




5 3 

Balance - 

« » 



12 5 


Expenses wcref - 

m m 



9 10 

Work done in House 




I 7 

Balance • 

• • 



6 2 


Receipts Balance]: 

m m 



6 2 

Rate and odd Receipts • 



14 6 



By Treasurer of Union - 


Met : Police 

- 95 



Constable Bill - 


Magistrates Expenses - 




Poor House accounts - 









9 7 

Balance in Hand • 

. . 



II 1 

The next quarter reduced this to a deficit of 3^60, and 
here, having entered upon the present system of Poor 
Law, we leave the subject, remarking that for the year 
ending Lady Day, 1896, the receipts for poor rates were 
3^2557. 7. 8, and expenses £2737. 18. 5, thus reducing the 
balance in hand. 

* Marchant received three year*s salary. 

t The poor were removed afier the first quarter of the official year, 
viz., April to June, to Streatham workhouse. 

X First quarter of the official year only given as a specimen of the 
new style of account. 

204 Tlie History of Tooting-Gravetiey. 

Overseers' Books. 

1839— 1847. 

This book is merely a copy of the Overseers' accounts, 
and records the rates received by them and their pay- 
ments to the Guardians; and, being modern, has no special 
value from an historical point of view. 

Auditors' Minute Book. 

Tooting, July 9, 1835. At a meeting of the Auditors 
of accounts of this parish, this evening, the following 
accounts of the Overseers were examined and found correct 

John Piper, Bread, etc. - - • - 12 9 6 

J. G. Smith, Drapery- - - - -670 

P. Jones, Butter and Soap - - - - 411 J 

E. Jinks, Bricklayer - - - - -869 
R. C. Davis, Wine for Sick - - - .60 
Miss Clarke, for Bonnets - - - .90 

F. Millard, Earthenware • - - - 11 
Thos. Hicks, Beer - - - - - S ' 3 
Danl. Norri<, Ironmongery - - - - 7 ° 
Wm. Winders, Chandlery - - - -637 
A. Lomas, Sundries for Poor House- - - 2 14 4 
John Bamett, Milk - - - - - i 14 5 
Hy. Collier, Clothing- - - - - 5 7 5 

William Sambrook's account was deferred for in- 
quiry, he having charged for articles not written in his 
book at the time of delivery. 

Samuel Prentice's account being wrong cast in twenty- 
iive instances, was directed to be returned to him to make 
out a corrected account. 

The vouchers for the two payments made to the Ex- 
chequer Bill Loan Commissioners by the late Church- 
wardens were produced and examined. The Vestry 
Clerk was desired to write to Mr. W. J. Tilley respecting 
his account against the Churchwardens for repairing the 
engine, and state that the auditors, on examining his 
estimate, considered that he had included every requisite 

Overseers Book. 205 

required to put the engine in complete repair, and (they) 
could not therefore sanction the payment of any addi- 
tional amount. 

The account of Mr. John Gray, for tuning the Organ 
and sundry alterations and additions thereto, was read 
and the Vestry Clerk was requested to wait upon Mr. 
Thomas and request him to certify as to the correctness 
of the items and charge, as Mr. Watkinson, the late 
Churchwarden, said he knew nothing about it, and the 
Auditors take leave to suggest it would be an improve- 
ment if orders were given in future by the concurrence 
and in the names of both Churchwardens. 

W. Houghton, Vestry Clerk. 

July 29, 1835. 

Mr. Thomas having certified that the account of Mr. 
Gray was correct, it was signed. Amount ^^28 7s. od. 

Mr. W. J. Tilley having given a satisfactory reason for 
his bill exceeding his estimate, it was signed. Amount 
£27 lOS. 2d. 

Samuel Prentick and Wm. Sambrook having delivered 
corrected accounts, the same were signed. 

W. Houghton, Vestry Clerk. 

In 1836 we find that W. Winder's account for pork, 
£\ OS. 7jd. was referred back to be reduced to i8s. sJd., 
f .^., 6^d. per lb. The Auditors also suggest that books be 
kept for all articles delivered to the Poor-house ; also 
that it would be more satisfactory to the parish if the 
regulation of December 16, 1833, be complied with, and 
a price named when an order be given. Also that all 
the meat supplied for the mistress be had of the con- 
tractors, and that all articles for the Poor-house be 
procured of the shopkeepers. 

Signed, R. Obbard, 


Thos. Watkinson,J 

W. Houghton, Vestry Clerk. 



1654— 1722. 
The opening entry of this book reads as follows : 
Tootling I An Assesment made the nth of may 1654* 
Graveney I according to an ordinance from the Lonl 
Protector datted 31th of march 1654* for 
the repairinge the Highwayes. 

SirlohnMainarde 01 02 00 F'" " ' " 
Coltonell Hard nick 00 07 03 1 

Mr Dud son 
Mr Couch man 
Capt* Brome 
Mr Endcbrooke 
Mr Couldham 
Mrs Conlcraft 
Charles Allen 
Edmonde Scares 
Mr Mainard 
Mr Coulston 
Mr Longc - 
Widdow Couch- 
Mr. NewtoD 
Robert Lrnn 
Humphry Pledge 
William Roades 
John Sceavens 
John Ac ham 
Widdow Dix 
John Bunnyon 
Thomas OUiver 
Abraham Jueif 






























Nickolas Stone 
Nickolas Barker 
Thomas Rechardes 
John Juesf - 
Widdow Medg- 

Nickolas Linn 
PhiUip MichiU 
Edward Elderfeald 
Widdow BusbeU 
John Willson 
John Sandam 
John Buckingham 
William Codmi 
William Lonen 

Thomas Smith 
Phillip Russell 

' Really written 2654 both limes. 

Surveyors Book. 207 



















An account of what money John Couchman received 
r his disbursements as follows : 

p' to Edward Puplett for new arching y* Town's 
Bridge .---.- 
p** Thomas Richards for posts and rails for y* Bridge 
p"* Exxpended for Beere To y" Laborers and Car- 
penters ------ 

p«* y« Justices Gierke for Synging y' warrant 
p'' for 3 Loads of Gravill out of y* common fields - 
p^ Mr Maynard for carriage of 3 Loads of Gravill - 
p^ Mr Maynard for carriage of 25 Loads of Gravill 
for y* common at 10^ • • • - 001 00 10 

p^ John Batchelor and for dyging of 27 

Loades of Gravill - - - - - 

p^ John Acham for dyging of fifty Loades of Gravill 
p** Thos Olliver & his sonne for a dayes work 
p^ Lonen for a dayes work . - - - 

p** Sir John Maynard for carryage of 1 1 loades of 

Gravill at 10** - 
p^ to Charles Allen for carryage of 34 loades of 

Gravill at 10* - 
p^ Edward Sayers for Carriage of 20 Loades at 
10^ per Loade - - - - - 

p"* to Severall Laborers for Speading >*> Gravill 

























Paied out ------ 009 02 09 

Rest in Mr Couchmans hands - - . 000 14 10 

Ballance - - - - . 009 17 07 

S56. (Rowland Gawen, minister, signs the book.) 

560. (Joshua Gearing, the Nonconformist, signs the 
Surveyors' Book.) 

56 1. (Written 1662. Sir John Maynard drops out, and 
Lady Maynard is inserted instead in the Assess- 
ment List) 

563. (Richard Bickly signs the book as Rector.) 

(Sir William Bolton assessed.) 
565. (John Hebdon, Esq., assessed.) 
666-7. (Sir Wm. Boulton, " Present Lord Mayor," 

assessed, but he did not pay the 1667 rate.) 

2o8 The History of Tooting-Graveney, 

1672. (Lady Maynard disappears from the Rate-book.) 

1673. (The Right Hon. Lord Grey,* of RoUeston appears.) 

(During the whole of these accounts charges arc 
continually made for " Bread & Beer.") 

1675. Goodman Ansell for going to London by Water 
and Charges 01 02 

1677. (The Right Hon. Lord North* appears.) 


for Half a Load of Lime - - - - 04 00 

for bringing it home - • - - - 04 00 

for a 1000 of Bricks - - - - 13 « 

for bringing them home - - - - 08 00 

for Load of Sand - • - - 01 00 

P** Samuel Tayler 6 Days work - - - 12 00 

p"* Samuel Tayler for plaistering the Curb of the Wdl 00 06 
p** Archer for i Days Work for Cleaning it 
fetching the planks and posts from Croydon • 
p** John Wilson for fastening them on the Well 
p"* for Bread and Beer about the Towns Well • 
p^ at Several Times for ditto when the Carts worked 

1679. (The Right Hon. Lord North & Grey* appears.) 
1682. (Sir Paul Whichcote appears. John Banckham, 
who receives 01 . 00 for a days work, was about 
this Time overseer for the Poor and could not sign 
his name.) 
1682. John Couchman having a balance in hand is re- 
quested to pay what is owing to ffirancis Pledge 
Surveyor in 1681. 

1684. (Robert Bayly, Curate, signs the Rate.) 

1685. (George Berkeley, Rector, signs the Rate.) 

1687. (Timo. Turner signs as Rector.) 

1688. (Edw. Elliott, having ten pounds in his hands is to 
give it to Widdow Banckham. There are no 
accounts for Banckham's year, 1683.) 

1689. We whose names are underwritten do find there is 

due from Thomas Jeff Six days of work for his 

* 1673-7-9. Lord North, Lord Grey, and Lord North & Grey is one 
person. See Biographies. 

Surveyors' Book. 209 

Team and Three Shillings for Three Days from 
William Oades which if they refuse to satisfy wee 
appoint to be returned to the Sessions. (Here 
follow signatures.) 
K). (The Right Hon. Lady North is assessed.) 
)4. (John Coldham is described as Alderman.) 
)6. ([Deputy] Joseph Scriven appears in the assess- 
)8. (Sir James Bateman, Knight, appears in the assess- 

Item Paid at Putney at the Nags Head - - o 02 00 

)9. (Money seems to have been scarce, for work was 
' given instead of cash.) 

Item, for bread and Beer at the alehouses - 2 00 00 

Item for the Surveyors Oaths • - - 00 02 00 

00. (Edward Sares and Will Scarles pay their rate by 
lending their teams, others by work varying from 
I to 6 days, the rest by cash.) 

Item work at the Town Well • - - 00 06 00 

Item Receipts of rate - - - -740 

Expenses - - - - • 5 11 6 

Balance - • - - -1126 

31. (An interesting document. The Bricklayer's Bill for 
the Parish in September, 1701 :) 

for making a New Bridge - 
for repairing the Old bridge 
for three days work 
for 25 tyles for y* Bridges - 


Total sum ..... 80 

>2. (26 posts, 121 loads of gravel, and 10 of stone used 
by the surveyors. Only 6/7J spent for drink.) 

^. (2/6 spent on mending the well and the bridge at 
the pond. 229 loads of gravel used.) 


2IO The History of Tooting^raveney. 

1709. (Out of a total expenditure of ^7. 6. io|, jf2. 11. 6^ 
was for bread and beer. Labour, i/-. The rest was 
labour instead of cash payments.) 

1710. Item Mending Bridge ^^i . 4 . 4 Bread & Beer 
;^2 . 9 . o Mr. Midgee for writing the names down 
in the book 2/6 

1713. (240 Loads of Gravell used at a cost of ^^5*6*3 

Bread & Beer ^2.1. o.) 
1715. Agreeded at a Generall Meeting of the Parrishfor 
all Inmates to pay to ye King's highwayes 

For laying and fitting a Trunke at 
the Common Fields Gate - - 000 04 00 

Item Mending the draine at Will- 
son's dore - - . - 000 05 00 

1718. (One first meets with detainments, or non-payment 
of the rate, afterwards called uncollected. Sir James 
Bateman*s name appears for the last time.) 

1719. (His son, Squire Bateman, appears instead.)* 
1724. (John Lidgould, Curate, signs.) 

Surveyors' Book. 

1724 — 1760. 

1724. (The amount of the rate was ^^8. 17. o in cash. 
Teams were supplied by three parishioners, Wm. 
Bignall, 12 days, Thos. Chalkhill, 6 days, and 
Thos. Sheppard, 6 days. Those working on the 
roads in part payment of their rates @ i/- per day 
represented 83 days.) 

The "expenses of the year were 

Surrey, 1724. Disbursements of W™ Bignall, 
surveyor for y« parish of Tooting : 

* James, second son of Sir James Bateman, was Highway Wardes, 
1721-22. See letter from him on pp. 56, 57, in reference to the chancel 
built by bis late father. 

























Surveyor^ Book. 211 

P^ Rich^ Wood Bricklayer for doing y* arch by 
y* Town B>nd - - - - • oi 09 07 

p^ Thos Sheppard for poses^ and work don to y" 
arch ----•• 

p** John Giblen for poses - - - - 

^ for carrying gravall to y* arch . - - 

p** for 126 Lode of gravell at 4^ per Lode 
p** for Bread and Beer .... 
p' for a new Book .... 

p** for pressntments .... 

p** for a warrent - - - - . 

08 03 07 
John Lidgould Curate. 

Jno. Midgee, Richard Wheatland, John Creasy, 
Thos Shepherd. 

Surr« Ss. This Ace* of Receipts & Disburse- 
ments of Mr W™ Bignell & Mr John Morley 
Survey" of Tooting was seen & allowed by us his 
majesties Justice (stc) of the Peace and there re- 
maineth due to the present Surveyor' thirteen 
shillings & five pence w^ wee order the succeeding 
Survey" to pay.t Given under our hands this ii*** 

day of January 1724. 

John Man. 

John Essington. 

0. (Breakfasts for labourers and carters charged.) 

2. (N. Brady signs Rate as Rector.) 

3. (Rate produced - - - 13 02 00) 
(99 Days* work and 15 Days' Team work done. 

3^13. 19. 7 was expended. 3 Carts for one day 
cost £1. 10. o. Ambrose Shelton was paid £1. 2. 3 
for gravel and furze. 

This account is signed Palmerston.I) 


Slight error on the part of the Justices' clerk, as will be seen by 


Henry Temple, first Baron Temple and Viscount Palmerston, 

t-grandfather of the famous statesman. Title extinct, 1865. 

14 — 2 

212 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

1735. (John Man signs as J.P.) 

1737. (Roger Rogers, who had been in poor circom- 
stances, re-chosen Ale-conner.) 

(It is noticeable that although " Rogger" Rogers 
could act as Ale-conner, he could not always pay 
his rates, and so was excused. Probably they 
thought they could do without his share towards 
the exchequer easier than obtain another good 
judge of ale.) 

1738. Item to Mr Twelves the Sheriffs Ofiicer his fee for 
bringing a warrant of distress upon an Indictment 
against the parish 6/8. 

Item to Charges taking an Indictment upon ye 
parish ^f i . 12 . o. 

(Note. These legal expenses prevented the 
parish having a balance in its favour.) 

1739. (Sundry persons that have not paid to this 
account being poor, £1. 4. o. Cost of Horse and 
Cart per Day, 2/6. Expenditure over income, 

£5' 19- o.) 

1746. (Received ^^20. 14. o. Expended £20. 13. 11.) 

1747. (Received ^^22. 13. o. Expended 3^32. 4. 5.) 

(Rate signed by Edward Gibbon.*) 
(335 loads of gravel used.) 
(Peter Hammond appears as assessed for the 
first time, three-quarters of a year.) 

1748. John Griffitht (Gardener), Edward Kempton 
(Shopkeeper), Jno. Watcham (Bricklayer), Samuel 
Danes (Carpenter), were nominated for the office 
of Headborough. 

(Thos. Vincent signs the rate as Curate.) 

* Father of the historian, a county gentleman living at Putoef. 
His father was a very able financier who, in spite of losiog 1 
fortune over the South Sea Bubble, made another before his 

t Selected by the Justices, 

Surveyors' Book. 213 

49. (Joseph Salvador and John Porter each gave 

[voluntary] 10/6 towards the rate.) 
(Thos. Barrow signs the rate as Curate.) 

50. (John Porter paid 12/- extra.) 

51. Sam Jarvis, journeyman Carpenter 
Richd Wheatly, Collar Maker 
W™ Grover, Mealman 

W™ Betts, Baker 

(Such are the descriptions of the four un- 
successful candidates for the office of Head- 

52. (Francis Salvador gave ^f 3 towards the rate. The 
highest assessment was 9s.) 

(Sir John Kemp, Bart., appears; hitherto he has 
been John Kemp, Esq.) 

53« (Wandsworth and Merton Lanes mentioned as 
having been repaired.) 

54. (Thomas Plumb appears as assessed for three- 
quarters of a year, but in 1755 he is described as 
Samuel Plumbe.) 
(Morgan Rice* rated half a year.) 

57. (Morgan Rice signs the Rate, and we have three 
men now attending the Vestry who were closely 
allied in parish affairs for years, viz., Morgan Rice, 
Peter Hammond, and Samuel Plumbe. The 
value of the duty done, ^^3. Too poor to pay 
3^4. I2S. o. Total collected in cash, £^^ 3.) 

60. W. Betts and James Brown did not pay their rates, 
being written off as Militia Men. (The list of de- 
faulters on the rate very heavy.) 

^ Morgan Rice, who was a distiller by trade, took more than a 
ising interest in the parish, supplying historical notes of the manor 
the compilers of the various histories of the county published about 
I time. 


214 ^^ History of Tooting-Graveney. 





Surveyors of Highways Book. 
1811 — 1824. 

The Rate produced at 6*^ in ;£ - 
Spent in Labour on the Roads ... 
Spent on Lamps . - - . - 

Spent on the Pump .... 

Spent on the Pump .... 

Spent on 426 Loads of Gravel - 

Digging and Carting Gravel ... 

Spent on Repairs to Pump 

Conveyance of the Green to Parish* - 

»» >f 


IS2 9 

80 8 

1219 3 


I 9 6 

81 13 2 

16 16 


22 19 

A Rate at 7^ in ;£ brought in - - - 191 15 

Spent on Repairing Pump • - • 10 9 

A Rate zxZ^'^'iik £ - - - - 201 6 6 

Spent on a Copy of M^Adam on Roadsf - S ^ 

„ „ Lamp Oil - - • - 14 S ^ 

„ „ Surveyor's Guide 5/6 Act. 2/3 - - 7 9 

1823. The Justice of the Peace, George Tritton, dis- 
allowed 12/- paid to W. Whale, and £i. 4. o paid 
to W. Skinner, and surcharged this sum to Mr. 
Bicknell, one of the surveyors. 

List of Tools belonging to the parish : 
7 Wheelbarrows. i Ladder. 

I Rake. 2 Oil Cans. 

I Burning Iron. i Burner. 

6 Road Lamps. 

* See Hicks' Enclosure, Vestry-books, p. 88. 

t John MacAdam published an Essay upon Road-making in 1819^ 
having practised it in Ayrshire. He prescribed stones to be broken to 
six ounces in weight, and the use of clean flints and granite dippiiqs** 
He received ;£io,ooo from Parliament, was appomted Surveyor-General 
of the Metropolitan roads in 1827, and died in 1836. 

^ Surveyor's Book, 215 

1824. 9 Barrows. 7 Mud hoes. 

2 Hammers. 4 Shovels. 

2 Sieves. i Rake. 

2 Pickaxes. 21 Square Lamps. 

4 Round Lamps. 2 Oil Cans. 

I Burner. i Ladder. 

Surveyors of Highways. 

1825— 1839. 

P* Joseph Booth for the Fountain - - • 6 1 1 3 


P* Mending Pump and Gates • - - 10 o 


P* Rob* Nunn Pump • - - - 13 10 o 


Paid for Labour - - • - - 358 8 9 

Received from the Overseers towards the Employ- 
ment of the poor- .... 220 10 o 

1832. (The Surveyors had to pay heavy bills left unpaid 
by those of 183 1.) 


The Value of Horse & Cart in lieu of cash was • 136 

Two horses & cart • • • - • 18 o 

(Rateable value, ;f 5767. o. o.) 
1834. (R. Obbard, D^ Norris, T. Watkinson sign as 

1837. (Rateable value, £6283.) 

At this point we leave the Highway Surveyors' Books. 
In the year 1855 the Act for the Better Local Manage- 
ment of the Metropolis, 18, ig Vic, Cap. 120, was passed, 
and Tooting-Graveney, instead of looking after its own 
highways, was joined to the Wandsworth District Board 
of Works, sending three members to that body. The 
elected Vestry formed by the same Act had the power of 
electing these representatives. 



This is the only book I can find dealing with Eicaniiu- 
tions before the Justices as to Settlements (legal proof 
of residence in a parish which entitles a pauper to claim 
relief from such parish) and Bastards, and in extracting it 
care has been taken, as far as possible, to give the poiids 
of interest without reproducing its lengthy formalities. 

A person has a right of settlement by reason of his 
birth, until some other later right is proved. By marriage 
a woman immediately acquires the settlement of her 
husband, but if he has none, she falls back upon ha 
maiden settlement. If a person be bound apprentice by 
an indenture, and resides forty days under such indeattud 
or should he reside three years in a parish, or be rated to 
the poor on a rental of not less than j^io, and pays his 
own taxes, or if he acquire an estate, however small, he 
obtains a settlement. Unless a pauper has obtained a 
settlement in a parish, he can be compulsonly removed 
to the one where he last had a settlement. If, however, a 
pauper has resided a year in a parish or union where he 
becomes destitute, he cannot be removed. When a parish 
desires to get rid of a pauper they must take him before 
two justices of the peace for an order. In regard to the 
other examinations recorded in this book little need be 

Book of Examinations, 2 1 7 

said beyond the fact that as the parish had to provide for 
these children, they desired the future mothers to disclose 
the names of the fathers so that they could be proceeded 
against by the overseers of the parish. The following 
persons were examined as to their settlements, unless 
otherwise stated : 

1765-6. John Ellis, James Young, Robt. French, Will. 
Painter, John Nicholls,\Vm. Bayton, Thomas Young, John 
Gilbard, Geo. Adamson,* Thomas Triggs, Richd. God- 
dard. 1767. Ann Pink,+ Thomas Eades,J John Lemay, 
Wm. Steel, Ambrose Kimber, James Invill, Mary Nash 
{rt Henry Calmour, son of Joseph and Eleanor Calmour, 
given her to nurse ; the father had disappeared) ; Phillip 
Haydon (makes oath that Wm. Steele of Mitcham did 
assault beat and bruise him with a pitchfork and his 
hands, in a very bad manner, without any provocation). 

1769. Ambrose Taylor, John Vaughan,§ Henry Snelling 
(late one of Lord Albemarll's Light troop), Stephen 
Taylor,§ John Best. 1770. John Trotter, Joseph Ellis, || 
Edward Bayley,1l Thomas Legg,|l James Legg** (75th 
Foot), Richard Haydon. 1750. James Windon. 1757. 
Thomas Gibling (a tailor). 1759. Thomas Wedge. 

1770. John Kitcher, Wm. Henry \re Hester Nixon, an 
orphan of Merton). 1769. John Wren (calico printer ; 
his master illused him and he had his indentures can- 
celled); Benj. Bozer, Thomas Earle. 1771. James Panck- 
horst 1772. Peter Cutler, Thomas Wren (served appren- 
ticeship for six months at Croydon, and then ran away 
to sea) ; Robert Claret t (a printer) ; Elizabeth Poplet, 
George Hope, Wm. Egleton, Wm. Robbins. 1773. Wm. 
Kamshaw, Wm. Dorman, Catherine Wickhams. 1773. 

* Mr. Jelf, his landlord, to pay his taxes. 

t Removed to Downe in Kent. 

X Gave him a certificate to Kingsclar (Kingsclere) in Hants. 

§ Gone to Crayford. || Gone to Mertoo. 

f Gone to Mitcham. ** Since dead, and child. 

ft Examined again in 1773, and ordered to Crayford same day. 

2i8 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Ralph Brown,* Sarah Wicks* (undated, probably 17741 
cannot say where her husband is settled, as he is away 
at harvest work); Wm. Redworth* (undated). 1774. 
Wm. Tyrrell, George Boulton (undated, a tenant of Mr. 
Garrood) ; Thomas Kennett (undated) ; Samuel Cde 
(undated); Mary Ann Incliffe (from Hillingdon work- 
house, Middlesex) ; Robert Mitchell, Ann Brewer, William 
Whitcombe, Zachariah Brown (of Staines), Mary EgktOD 
(widow), Elizabeth Best (single woman, swears an on- 
bom child to James Godman, of this parish ; he was a 
collar-maker by trade) ; William Merritt. 1775- Sarah 
Sutton (single, her father gone to America). 1776. 
Nicholas Baker, Samuel Becket,f John Whale, William 
SmartjJ Humpy Brown (calico printer). 1777. Thomas 
Green. 1776. Ann Worster (widow). 1777. Hemy 
Knee, Thomas Hayward, Thomas Walters. 1778. 
James Townsend. 1779. Benj. West (from West 
Meath) ; Mary Peters (single ; swears a child, yet unborn, 
on George Robinson, of Crawley ; she was hired servant 
to Mr. Charpenter, a jeweller, at £z ^ y^^w). 1780. 
Susannah Knight (servant to Mr. J no. Ridge, engraver, 
to whom she swears a child yet unborn, " he being really 
& truly the father of the said child or children." This 
lady was relieved by the Vestry) ; Mary Nower, William 
Penny. 1781. Patience Dudley (from the name evidently 
of Puritan stock ; she came from Oxford) ; William 
Miles, Mary Jones (a widow, from St Martin-in-the- 
Fields) ; Jane Rogers (from Battersea, dead). 1781. 
Elizabeth Uffold (single, Battersea); Isaac Wagnell 
(from Carshalton) ; John Dew (from Streatham) ; Hannah 
Roach (wife of John Roach, gone from her) ; Eleanor 
Akers, William Smith (from Greatham, Hants). 1782. 
Mary Bushnell (widow of Thomas Bushnell ; she was 
married at the Fleet, but does not know how many 

* And unsigned. t See Mrs. Beckett, 1787. 

X Has a son George, probably the organ turner. 

Book of Examinatiofts. 2 1 9 

years since); Ann Cheak (sworn before Ch^ Baldwin 
and John Evans at the Faulcon, at Battersea) ; John Gold- 
smith. 1783. Mary Bushnell (see ante) regains her memory. 
About forty-one years since she was married to William 
Troadaway, of Chiswick, who is since dead ; about 30 
years since she intermarried (but during the life of her 
first husband) to Thomas Bushnell, of Tooting. This lady 
declined to swear this, but two months later swore to the 
first marriage, and signed her mark to the name of Mary 
Tredway (Treadway) ; she has thus sworn to both hus- 
bands. (Note. The Fleet parsons were not noted for 
making inquiries concerning their clients.) 1783. James 
Grayham ; Sarah Day (from West Ham) ; William Dudley, 
James Buttler, William Giston, William Morris. 1784. 
Ann Pointer (servant to Mr Blake, brewer) ; John Dentery 
{re the settlement of his nephew) ; John Dentery (nephew 
of aforesaid) ; Elizabeth Buttler* (wife of James; see ante)\ 
John Dew, William Skinner, Robert Golding. 1785. 
Edward Hancock (hatter). 1784. Mary Brian, otherwise 
Macklin (swears an unborn child to John Hickenbotton, 
gardener, and signs Macklin). 

1785. James Wells, Thomas Bishop,f Humphrey 
Maker, Samuel Dudley, David Duke. 1786. Patience 
West, Mary West (single; swears a child to Thomas 
Durrent, of Mitcham, a carter). 1787. John Pledge, 
Thomas Nicholls (Joseph Salvador's servant) ; John 
Scarss, Lucy Burr (servant to Mr. Chittenden, apothe- 
cary; swears a child, baptized Benjamin Miller, upon 
William Miller, of Morden in Surrey, servant to Sir 
Robert Clayton) ; Tomasin Beckett (wife of Samuel 
Beckett, late of Whitechapel ; described as ** disordered 
in his senses ") ; Charles Stevens (natural son of either 
Betty or Elizabeth Stevens, of St. Luke's, Chelsea ; has 
wife and two children, Thomas and Charlotte; a sur- 

.* Again examined, 1786. 

t Voluntairy eKamination, 1786b 

220 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

charge at the side in pencil says : '' When they came to 
reside at Tooting Thomas was in peticoats and Charlotte 
sucking at her mother's breast**). 1788. Wm. Hosier (from 
Kings Langley) ; Sarah Barrett (widow of Martin Barrett, 
Irishman; she was in 1768 servant to Mr. Montague, 
copper-plate printer, of Tooting ; she swears a female 
child (Sarah)y two years old, upon fiErancis Nicholson, of 
Wandsworth, and that her coming child (or children) is 
by the same father) ; Mary Meese (widow of John Meese); 
Samuel Dudley (see ante)^ Mary Macklin (see ante; swean 
a coming child to James Webb, a blacksmith); Eliza 
Rose (swears a coming child or children on James Dor- 
rent, of Mitcham; evidently the Durrent family were 
wanderers from their parish, see Mary West, ante) ; Sarah 
Cooke (widow), Ann Cooke (single, daughter of Sarah; 
swears a female, child, Elizabeth, just bom, upon James 
Collis, of Morden, where she was in service). 1789. 
Thomas Gunter (servant to Samuel Plumbe, Esq.); 
Wm. Payne, Edward Marshall, Sarah Goldsmith (single; 
swears a coming child to Robert Robinson, a private 
dragoon). 1790. John Croxford, Elizabeth Newman (r^ 
settlement of Elizabeth Walters, aged 15 years, her 
daughter by a previous marriage). 1791. Thomas Gunter, 
Thomas Huckstep, Susannah Hart* (swears a female 
child, Sophia, but does not disclose the name of its 
father). 1792. Elizabeth Rose (see an/^:; swears a coming 
child upon Peter Knight, late of Tooting) ; Mary Macklin 
(see ante; swears a coming child upon William Higgs, of 
Battersea) ; Elizabeth Stanley (swears a coming child 
upon John Elliott, of Wallington) ; Charles Postlethwaite, 
Thomas Driver. 1793. George Keene, Thomas Holmes, 
Thomas Wood, James Pither, James Beard, John 
Adams (bricklayer; served his time with JohnAmoll); 
Richard Osgood, Sarah Blake (single ; swears a coming 
child upon Thomas Walker, a calico printer). 1794* 

♦ See 1795. 

Book of Examinations. 221 

James Cleverley, Isaac Lock (in 1774 servant to Thomas 
Maynard, of Old Bayen in Hants ; he has house in 
Tooting and half a house in Mitcham, a wife named 
Ann and three children, Isaac, Rebecca and Daniel) ; 
William Dean (late servant to Mr. Dolland,^ of Batter- 
sea, mathematical instrument maker) ; Elizabeth Barlow 
(swears that John Hamilton, of Tooting, wheelwright, is 
the £aither of her coming child or children). 1795. Joseph 
Bulien, William Wren (husband of Mary Wren, the 
church pew-opener) ; James Ockenden, Susannah Hartt 
(see anic; in 1793 she was servant to Rt. Hon. the 
Marquis of Lothian at Farnham, and now discloses the 
particulars missing at her late examination ; she was de- 
livered of a female child in a coach as she was going to 
the Queen's Lying-in Hospital, and that William Waters, 
late of Clement's Inn, is the father). 1796. Mary YoeU 
(says her husband is gone away and left her with seven 
children to support ; his parish should be Hornsey) ; Mary 
Stacey (single ; swears a coming child upon Thomas 
Christian, driver of the Bath mail-coach ; she had been 
servant to John Humphreys, victualler, of Tooting); 
Susannah Hart (again examined in reference to her 
daughter Sophia, and in regard to another child, Caroline, 
bom June, 1794, which she swears to James Wheedon, of 
Chappel Street, Park Lane, butler to Mrs. Trisdale ; she 
further swears that she is about to become the mother of 
another child, which she swears to Charles Biggar, of the 
Spring Gardens coffee-house, St. James's, Westminster). 
1797. Thomas Sanders. 1798. Lucy Woodford (a domestic 
servant ; she swears an unborn child or children to 
Stephen Tanner, of Shepherd's Bush) ; Rebecca Otway 
(wife of Henry Otway, gone away; subsequently she 
finds that he had a wife already living, and swears her 
three children to the bigamist, and signs her deposition 

* Can this be the well-known city firm ? 

t Ag^in examined on the same subject, 1796. 

222 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Rebecca Wedge X). 1799. Wm. Betts (late of Streatham; 
married Ann Cheak). 1801. Martha Naylor (swears a 
coming child to John Stone, a private soldier, of Croydon). 
1802. Miriam Wood (single, from St. Marylebone) ; Anne 
Dench (single, from St. Sepulchre) ; Elizabeth Cleaveilqr 
(widow). 1803. William Monk (of Chevening, Kent). 
1804. Mary Stannard (widow ; swears a coming child to 
Thomas Jehu, male servant to Mr. Grellier). 

1804. John French (apprenticed at Cripplegate and 
twenty years ratepayer in Steyning) ; Elizabeth Constable 
(her husband, a grocer, had absconded) ; Eliz. Leonie 
(swears her child Caroline to Alexander Johnson, late of 
Mitcham). 1805. Wm. Burgess ; Elizabeth Lindon (w 
Sarah Edwards, aged 7; her father, Allen Edwards, 
enlisted, and her mother had gone away; she believes 
him to be a native of Epsom). 1806. John Hatt, Sarah 
Pendrey (widow, with a daughter subject to fits) ; Mary 
Ann Gunter (single ; swears a coming child upon Matthew 
Williams, of Mitcham, coachman to Mr. John Holding); 
Charles Cleverley, Maria Stringer (widow, not sworn), 
Susanna Tagg (grass widow) ; James Lane, Sarah Brown 
(single, of Bletchingley) ; Thomas Chalklin (blacksmith, 
from Chislehurst) ; William Temple (of Wharfhill). 1807. 
W. Halbert (touching the legal settlement of his daughter 
Charlotte); Charlotte Halbert (swears a child Thomas to 
Thomas Garwood the younger, a painter of Tooting) ; 
William Abby. 1808. Sarah Pickett (single) ; Elizabeth 
Haywood (single) ; George Shepherd (about 1780, servant 
to Mr. Wilson, brewer, and slept in that part of Mr. 
Wilson's house which was in this parish) ; Richard 
Foster (about 1768 lived as hired servant with Mr. 
Plumbe, but does not recollect the sum he received for 
wages [probably small, see Plumbe, Biographies], single 
and never was married) ; Maria Stringer (see ante ; her 
husband, Richard Stringer, died two years five months 
ago ; she swears a coming child to William Cranford) ; 

Book of Examinations. 223 

Arthur Stringer (r^ his sister-in-law, see unJU ; his brother 
was bom at Shipley, Sussex. John Gibson confirms this, 
and states that the father of Arthur and Richard was last 
located at Shipley); Mary Hunter (single ; swears a coming 
child to William Hands of Wimbledon. 1808. Jane 
Jones and Hannah Lack (William Lack, husband of 
Hannah, is a son of Jane Jones (Enfield) ; he has gone for 
a soldier). 1809. Joseph Payne, Elizabeth Weston 
(single ; swears a coming child to William Wood, car- 
penter, late of this parish); Sarah Hayward (wife of 
Robert Hayward, late of Weybridge, at home ill ; he was 
a bricklayer and came firom Wimbome, Dorset); Wm. 
Lack, corpl. (see ante ; claims to be a parishioner) ; John 
Hall (see ante) ; Amy Eggington {re her sister Mary 
Dakes, a single woman with two children, lately residing 
in Clare Market, receiving for two years relief from St. 
Clements Danes) ; Hannah Russell (widow from Portsea); 
Ann Moffett (single ; swears a coming child to Stephen 
Hodges, gardener) ; John Griffiths (servant at one time 
to Mr. Plumbe). 1810. Mary Gardener (wife of Abraham 
Gardener, of the Marines ; two years after their marriage, 
in 1799, at Hutton, Essex, he enlisted and she had not 
seen him since. She had received one shilling a week from 
her husband's parish, Little Warley) ; Thos. Dench. 1811. 
Sarah Cuthbert (widow of George Cuthbert, tanner of 
Ipswich ; Elizabeth Moore (widow ; claims Greenwich as 
a settlement, having been four years in the service of 
Foss Westcote, Esq., Crown Hill) ; Ann Marchant 
(widow of John ; no children living ; he died 1779. She 
was yearly servant to Ann Keppin, widow of Brighton). 
i8i2. Jane Jones (see ante) (was a servant to Mr. W. 
Bicknell of Enfield ; after her husband's death, as nurse- 
maid. She does not know the settlement of either of her 
hasbands, William Lack or William Jones) ; Henry Stoell 
(yearly servant to Mr. Wheeler) ; Martha Webb (grass- 
widow ; her husband deserted her four years ago, and 

224 "^^ History of Tooting-Gravefuy. 

further, that she is with child by William Randall a 
sawyer) ; Judith Sprules (swears her daughter Emma 
upon Nicholas Mustel, or Mustilsillan, of Mitcbam, fencii^- 
master) ; Hannah Burgess (single ; swears ber coming 
child upon Henry Briant of the Pack Horse, Tnniham 
Green, carpenter) ; Edward Giles (servant to John Clark, 
at the Castle). 1813. James Stowers (1783 in service at 
Greenwich) ; Ann Housego (swears a coining child to 
Edward Ireland, groom); Priscilla Norris (single; one 
year servant to John Jacks, Newington, the only time sbe 
completed a year's service). 1814. James Pope (has been 
told he was bom at Chelsea, but his father settled at 
Tooting) ; Mary Fruien {re William Tayler, her son by a 
former husband ; he is legally settled at Tooting) ; James 
Farmer (nine years servant to Mrs. Weller, widow of 
Mitcbam ; his father kept the Marlborough Head at 
Croydon) ; Susan Bond (in service at Morden for one 
year, nine months and ten months elsewhere; then to the 
service of Mr. Elliott of Tooting for the year less fonr 
days) ; Charlotte Bickerstaffe (wife of Jonathan Bicker- 
staSe; previously wife of William Penfold, who told her 
he was bred and born at Charlwood in Essex; ber 
child Esther Penfold now in Tooting Workhouse) ; Sarah 
Hulburt* (wife of William [too infirm to be examined] ; that 
their cottage was in Tooting, but for family reasons tbejr 
hired a cottage in Streatham for a time) ; Elizabeth 
Jameson (wife of Benjamin Jameson, late of High Street, 
Manchester). 1S15. Margaret Pratt (single ; swears a 
coming child to Lieutenant Thomas Henry Brown of tbe 
Royal Waggon Train at Croydon) ; [here followeth a 
kindred form without names being filled in] ; Elizabeth 
Beeston (servant at Mitcham to Robert Fisher) ; George 
Brett (of Croydon) ; Elizabeth Brett (widow of Joseph 
Brett of Thorley, Herts) ; Hannah Willis (grass-widow 
of three weeks' standing, her husband, William, having 
* Query Halbert (see ante). 

Book of Examinations. 225 

deserted her. William turned up a month later and was 
examined, owning to Battersea) ; William Deacon, John 
Carter, Margaret Rixon (order suspended, and passed 
March, 1816). 1816. John Raymond (born at Mitcham : his 
mother, Mary Raty, and father John Raymond) ; Mary 
Ann Stannard (see ante; John Marchant had made in- 
quiries and found that her grandfather had been settled 
at Thetford in Norfolk) ; Harriet Jordan (wife of Robert 
Jordan, claims settlement at Streatham) ; Thomas 
Glanfield (has not acquired any settlement; his wife too 
ill to be moved). 1817. Elizabeth Davis (wife of Charles 
Davis, not settled) ; William Dunton (married at Tooting 
Graveney about 1810) ; Edmund Best (under gardener to 
Mr. Timson, Brandy merchant, of Tooting Graveney ; he 
left service on account of illness) ; William Wells (appears 
to belong to Streatham) ; Henry Rostell (a barber, then 
in the army) ; William Pointer (St. Giles, Camberwell) ; 
Charlotte Gregory (wife of Edmund Gregory ; at present 
in a state of mental derangement; he had received relief 
firom New Alresford, Hants); Sarah Pendry (single; 
swears her coming child to William Grover, a labourer in 
this parish) ; James Price (calico printer of Mitcham) ; 
Martha Wagnell (single ; swears her child Ann to John 
Sharp, late of Tooting, gardener, now of Hanbury Hall in 
Dartford) ; Edmund Gregory (see ante, ; evidently re- 
covered; confirmed his wife's statement); Martha Wallis, 
alias Ventrice (after she had been married to Wm. Ventrice 
about four years his sister, Margaret Marchant told her 
he had a wife already ; when thirty - two years of age 
she was servant to Madam Piozzi* at Streatham) ; Maria 
Pickett (wife of Wm. Pickett, settled at Westminster ; 
he has gone away to get work) ; Richard Jarrett (car- 
penter; served his time at Oxted); Edward Groves 
(settled at Tooting) ; Sophia Harling (had been in service 
at a school in Streatham ; her mistress sold the school 

♦ N/e Mrs. Thrale, Dr. Johnson's friend. 


226 The History of Tooting-Graven^. 

and she went with her to Whitechapel ; now with child* but 
does not disclose the name of the offender ; has no means). 
1818. Aaron Hills (claimed on Streatham; used to work at 
Ewell, and there paid threepence per night for half a bed) ; 
John Souton (owned to Ferring, in Sassex) ; John Deacon 
(from Morden,then into the army) ; Elizabeth Jones (single; 
swears her coming child to William Rowley, servant to 
Joseph Davis. Joseph Davis (spent a good part of his life 
at Marlborough, Wilts) ; William Baughton (his wife had 
left him five weeks ; he was a smith, and served his time 
at Acton. An order of removal was made and put in 
execution on this examination. An appeal against it was 
made, and order confirmed at the Kingston Sessions, held 
October 20, 1818). 


Donations to the Charity School of this parish as 

recorded in the church : 

1809. Mr. John Avarn, by will dated the i8th of May, left 
^£'400 in the 5 per cent, annuities, the interest to be 
paid yearly to the Trustees for the use of the 
School, upon condition that the Master take no 
Day Scholars ; also ^200 in the same 5 per cent, 
annuities, the interest to pay for an annual dinner 
for the children and Committee. 

iSti- Mrs. Ann Willis gave j^ioo in the 3 per cent, con- 
solidated annuities. 

1816. William Wanstell, Esq., gave ^^50 in the 3 percent, 
consolidated annuities. 


228 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

1817. Robt. Bridges, Esq., Junior, gave £y>. 

1813. John Hodges, Esq., gave ^50. 

1821. Mrs. Bridges gave £y>. 

1823. William Powell, Esq., late of Vauxhall Road, in the 

county of Surrey, gave 3^210, and a share in the 

residue of his estate amounting to £"1113, which 

together were laid out in the purchase of 

3^1441. 18. II. 3 per cent, consols. 
1829. R* G. Thomas, Esq., gave 3^50. 

R. Abraham, Esq., gave £*2i. 
1833. Rev. John Ravenhill, D.D., left by will £50, which 

was laid out in the purchase of 3^50. 15. 6. 3 per 

cent, consols. 

As will be seen by the Vestry Minutes, in 1784, it was 
decided to obtain a place for a school, and a master to 
teach the children. In 1792* it was determined in Vestry 
that a charity school should be erected for the benefit of 
the poor boys and girls of the parish. A public subscrip- 
tion was opened, trustees appointed, and a site for the 
building obtained from the Lord of the Manor at a 
peppercorn rent for 999 years. 3^515. 19. o. was collected; 
3^281. 5. 10^. was spent on the school building, and the 
balance invested in the funds. The Minutes of the School 
Trustees as follows will speak for themselves ; they have, 
of course, been considerably abridged. 

Minutes of School House. 

1802 — 1824. 

Rob* Broadley, Treasurer. 

1802. " Resolved that strict charge be given to the Master 
that he admit no boy whatever without an order 
from the Committee, or between the meetings of 
Committee without an order from the Treasurer, 

* As the Vestry Minutes are missing from 1 789-1803, 1 am idjiof 
upon Mr. Lambert's notes for this information. 

The National Schools. 229 

and that he shall not presume to receive any pay 
or gratuity from the parents of any child or 
children whatever without the severest animadver- 
sions* of the committee." 

Copy-books seem to have been too heavy an 
item for the Committee. They order " that those in 
hand be locked up, and no more new ones allowed 
than what are to supply the place of those written 

$05. Rev, Dr. Ravenhill elected Treasurer, Robt. Bridges, 
Percival Evans, Jas. Dawson, Joseph Davis, added 
to Committee. Mr. Welsh to have Two Guineas 
for collecting subscriptions, and Mrs. Goddard a 
salary ol £16 per ann. 

Jio. " Abstract of Laws of the Society (National Society) 
read and ordered to be put in a Book provided for 
the purpose, and the Treas*" was requested to write 
to the Rev Rob* Broadley and John Morgan Rice 
to inform them that in consequence of a Bill pend- 
ing in Parliament for ye better regulation of ye 
Charities of ye poor, it was deemed proper by ye 
subscribing members that ye trustees should be 
inhabitants of ye village or neighbourhood, so as 
to be ready to transact ye necessary business at- 
tending such trust. In case they resign, D^* Raven- 
hill and Walter Lord to be elected Trustees." 
Several local gentlemen were added to the com- 

Robt. Clarke elected Trustee in place of Mr. Blake, 
deceased. Thos. Wotton and Charles Wagland 
expelled for bad behaviour. 

The Master, Mr. Welsh, and Mistress, Mrs. 
joddard, increased in salary £^ each = Master 
'30, Mistress ^20. 

iris' reading good, writing bad. Girls' spelling bad. 
A term of warning or admonition (obsolete now). 

230 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

1813. About this time Mr. John Hodges gave the school 
3^50, which produced about £*84. 11. 4. 3 percent. 
Consols. Mistress' salary increased £"5. Mrs. 
Tucker was Lady Visitor. Wm. Sheppard removed 
his daughter, and was offensive to the Mistress and 
Mrs. Tucker; he was brought before the Committee 
and the impropriety of his conduct pointed out, 
and ordered to apologize to the two ladies. Mary 
Bradley and her mother also wanting in respect. 
Mary suspended till her parents made a proper 

1814. The Lady Visitor to have power to suspend any 
child from Sunday School if the ordinary means 
of punishment ineffective. 

Mrs. Tucker withdraws from the School, and the 
Mistress ill; the committee to appoint substitutes. 

** Mode of instruction to be same as that prac- 
tised in the central School of National Society, and 
Mr. Clarke to get the temporary instructor. Mr. 
Whally, to write to the Society for promoting 
Christian Knowledge for Bibles, Prayer-Books, 
Testaments and Tracts for the School." A Special 
Meeting of the Committee to answer Mrs. God- 
dard's case. " She being advanced in age, and by 
reason of bodily infirmities unable to perform her 
duties, the Committee to advertise for her successor, 
the Committee to do all in their power to procure 
her a comfortable subsistence." 

1814. '* The successful candidate to allow Mrs. Goddard 
3^5 per Ann. Jane Welsh, wife of the Master, was 
appointed for one year, and Mrs. Goddard to have 
3^5 per Ann. from the funds." 

1815. Girls bad in spelling. The Mistress to see to it. 

In May and Aug. Committees called, but no 
quorum, consequently no work done. 
i8i6. 3^25 allowed to Ladies for cloathing the girls. 

The National Schools. 231 

Mrs. Strachan '^ thanked for the great trouble 
she has taken in respect to the school." 

8. Mrs. Goddard died, and Committee voted £^ toward 
paying her debts. 

£^0 expended in 3 per cents, and added to the 
^1800 now in the names of the Trustees. 

9. '' That a sum not exceeding ^50 be allowed for the 
salary of a School Mistress. That £^5 . 16 . o be 
added to that of the Master, which with £'4.4.0 
allowed the Master of the Sunday School = £'40. 
Mr. Clarke to make further inquiry about a 
mistress and not to regard the applicants having 
had instruction in the National System.*' 

Maria May was appointed at £^0 and a house, 
^10 to be allowed till the house can be obtained, 
o. The Mistress had to wash one of the girls, her 
father did not like it and said so, consequently 
daughter suspended till he made apology. 
2. Ill health caused the Mistress to retire for a 
time. Mr. Lord applied to the National Society 
for a temporary one, application refused as the 
School was not under the Society. 

Mr. Welsh the Master died. Advertisement .as 
follows inserted in Morning Advertiser and Times : 

'* Wanted for the Charity School of Tooting a 
master properly qualified to instruct about 40 boys. 
Salary £40 per ann., with house free of charge to 
live in. His character must be irreproachable, 
and his principles of religion strictly according to 
the Church of England. Particular references will 
be required. Application to be made by letter only, 
post paid, on or before Thursday the 14^, to the 
Treasurer of the Charity School, Tooting, Surrey. 
The day of Election will be Tuesday, 19* inst. 

Joshua Howard was elected. 

232 The History of Toottng-Graveney. 

1823. The Master applied for increase of stipend, bat the 

funds did not allow of it. Mrs. Randall complained 
that he was too severe in punishing her son. Case 
proved against him, and he reprimanded andordtfed 
never to strike a boy with his hand. '' Members 
to attend in turn at g o'clock to see the chfldren 
are correctly entered as attending and are deanlf 
and neat in appearance." 

Sept. 9. Resolved, " to discharge the Master fee 
his misconduct with the Mistress,^ whose resigna- 
tion had anticipated her dismissal.*' 

Oct. 7. Mr. and Mrs. Young were elected Master 
and Mistress. They began the School with 55 
pupils, and left it in 1833 with no. 

Charity School Minute Book. 
1824 — 1851. 

1824. Needful to enlarge the school, " to ask Mr, Rice 

if he would sell adjoining cottage." He declined 
to sell. Two new Schoolrooms to be built at west- 
end of School. Girls admonished for behavioar in 

1825. " Mr. Piatt assented to the bank at the back of the 
School being enclosed." 

1827. Mr. Rice offered the Cottage upon terms that the 
Charity could not accept, **but were willing to 
have the matter arbitrated upon, and will wait a 
month for his reply." Architect to prepare a plan 
for adding to school, Mr. Rice to have legal notice 
that the wall of the School House will be taken 

1828. Mr. Rice offered his Land and Cottage for £200. 
Offer accepted, and ^* Rev. Mr. Rice congratulated 
on his determination, and asked to whom the 

* Mrs. Green. No record of her appointment 

The National Schools. 233 

money is to be paid." Rev. Mr. Rice replies "that 
the money can be paid to his Bankers or himself.'* 
Stock to be sold out to meet the payment. Mr. 
Abrahams* plan accepted, Mr. Overton offers " to 
build at 10 per cent, under Measure and value 
price," but as he declined to contract, the contracts 
were opened and that of Mess" Norris & William- 
son for 3^1340 .8.8 proved the lowest and was 
accepted. Mr. Clarke resigned his Trusteeship 
and Joseph Proctor appointed. Funds were not 
available for building, Mr. Clarke " having declined 
to sign the transfer." Resolved " that Counsel be 
taken as to the transfer from Mes^ Ravenhill, 
Lord and Clarke to Mess>^ Ravenhill, Lord and 
Proctor. From Mr. Clarke's letter it is quite 
evident that he only wished not to be held in any 
way legally responsible for the purchase of Mr. 
Rice's Cottage." In Dec. Robt. Clarke, Esq., and 
Thomas Whitmore were added to the Trustees. 
The stock to be reinvested in the five names, but 
the Bank would only accept four, so Mr. Clarke 
withdrew his name. 

I. £^2050 in 3 per cent, stock ordered to be sold out, to 
pay the builder and Mr. Rice. Estimate to be made 
for furnishing and Architect's Bill to be delivered. 
The fittings estimated at ;£'ii2, the Architect's Bill 
was £%% . 18 . 6, and he gave £"21 to the fund. The 
Attorneys' (Mess" Whitton & Thomas) Bill was 
3^57 . 16 . 10. Mr. Thomas gave a Donation of 
£50. The contractors frirnished for jf 100. 

^ Aug. -i, "14/- to be distributed to 14 Boys and a 
like sum to 14 Girls for good behaviour." 

, June 21. The subscribers called together ''to judge 
between Mr. Young the Master, and Mr. Smart. 
The Parish Clerk, Mr. Smart, said he had been ill- 
used on Sunday the 6^^ after a Charity Sermon 

234 ^^ History of Tooting-Graveney. 

preached by the Rev. Mr. Greaves. Resohred 
that : 

I. Mr. Smart acted improperly in taking home 
the Wine last year, the Wine not being his 

II. That Young has been decidedly the aggressor 
on the present occasion (i) in endeavouring to take 
the bottle out of Smart's hands and afterwards in 
striking him and assaulting him, and that Smart 
was also to blame, altho' in a lesser d^;ree, in 
claiming the wine as his exclusive property. 

III. That Smart and Young be called in and 
reprimanded for the improper conduct of each of 
them in this transaction, and acquainted that it is 
the opinion of this Meeting that they should 
arrange matters amicably between them and not 
expose themselves to any other proceedings. And 
they were reprimanded accordingly. 

Signed Walter Lord, Chairman.** 

1831, Aug, 22. Resolved "that any girl belonging to this 

school who works in the Camomile fields shall be 
forthwith suspended, and if persisted in, expelled/' 

1832, Feh. 12. The Ladies of the School (i.^., visitors) 

complained " that it was not kept warm enoogh. 
D^" Lord to order more coals and inform the ladies 
of the fact." 

The School Room to be at the service of the 
Temperance Society on the 27^ April. 

Aug. 13. The Annual Dinner at The Mitre cost 
jf 10. 12. 6 (see Avarn Charity). 

1833, Feb. 25. Rev. J. B. Marsden appointed Treasurer, 

vice D"" Ravenhill, deceased. 

March. Unanimously resolved that the services 
of the present Master and Mistress be not required 
after 24**^ of June next, and that the laws respect- 
ing the mode of election of Master and Mistress 

The National Schools. 235 

be rescinded, and that the Business of Tuition be 
conducted as near as advisable upon the system 
adopted by the "National School Society," and 
that they be applied to about filling the vacancy. 

June 4. Children to dine at one instead of three 
o'clock on Holy Thursday. By a vote the School 
was joined to the ** National School Society." 

June 25. James Allshorn and his wife appointed 
by the Society at a stipend of ^fSo, and no com- 
mission for collecting subscriptions. Books to be 
ordered from the National Society (hitherto from 
the local tradesmen). 

Aug. 5. Paid for a wood clock 10/- 

34, Jan. 9. Rees Goring Thomas, Esq., elected a 

Trustee, and £"45, Dr. Ravenhill's Legacy, to be 
invested in 3 per cents, in the names of Rev. J. B. 
Marsden, Robt. Clarke, Esq., and Rees Goring 
Thomas, Esq. 

Sept. 26. " Mr. Venables intimated that he 
thought the HonW and Rev^ Baptist Noel* might 
be induced to preach the Annual Sermon." 

35, May. Scarlet Fever about. Schools closed. 

July, " That it be referred to the Ladies* Com- 
mittee to consider whether it be not practicable to 
induce the girls to do the house work cheerfully by 
offering a small present to those who may acquit 
themselves well, and it is suggested to the ladies 
whether the religious and moral education of the 
children (which may probably suffer by the with- 
drawal of them from the school if the plan of 
housework be rigidly persisted in) be not of prior 

' Baptist Wriothesley Noel, sixteenth child of Sir Gerald Noel- 
el, Bart., bom 1798, died 1873, minister of St. John's Chapel, 
iford Row. Seceded from the Church and joined the Baptists 
1849, and was minister of John Street Chapel (near his old church), 
r many years a powerful preacher, and a great advocate of 
tional Education. ' 

236 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

importance to the obtaining even of domestic 
habits of industry." 

1836, Feb. I. £$ to be spent in making the Building 
secure (the bill came to £"7 . 11 . 6). 

1837, April 18. " Ladies Committee intimated that Mrs. 

Allshom's services should terminate at end of the 
present quarter." 

May 23. Mr. Allshorn also to go. " The Ladies 
Committee ask for £"20 for clothing, but think £5 
or £j a year would in future be enough to supply 
Cloaks and Bonnets and half the cost of Shoes for 
35 Girls. Other Cloathes not needed as it has 
obviously long ceased to be considered a benefit." 

'' Mr. Bird to be asked for an opinion upon 
Avam's Will with reference to the question whether 
we are precluded from receiving weekly payment 
from the children, accompanied with a statement 
of the financial condition of the schools." 

June 9. The Rector " to apply to the National 
Society or elsewhere for a Master and Mistress, 
reserving right to elect or not."* 

July 17. That " Mr. John Parton be appointed 
Master at £"55, and the pence of the children with 
other perquisites to be arranged hereafter, arid 
that the Rector treat with Missf Bainbridge at 
3^35. The pence to be divided between the Master 
and Mistress, and each to be allowed Coals." 
1843, July 6. School House requires considerable repairs. 
No funds. In debt to Treasurer £17 . 19 • ?• 
Appeal to be made. 

June 12. Treasurer stated " that Thos. White, 
Esq., of Town Mailing, had left £100 to the school 
Mr. Bird undertook to get an extract of will, and 
obtain the money. Miss Roylance to be appointed 
Mistress on same terms as Mrs. Bainbridge, but 

* Tooting desires to recover its lost birthright (see ante), 
t ?Mrs. 

The National Schools. 237 

must enter at Central School, Westminster, for a 
certificate. The Ladies Committee, consisting of 
Miss Jane Clarke, Mrs. Cuthbert, Mrs. Marsden, 
and Mrs. Bird were so pleased with Miss Roylance 
conduct while assisting Mrs. Bainbridge, who was 
in a poor state of health, that they unanimously 
recommended her to the position. Her mother a 
widow of an army surgeon resided in the parish." 
The Ladies passed a strong vote of thanks to 
Mrs. Bainbridge. 

Aug. 28. ''Mr. Parton having obtained a London 
situation, gave notice of his intention to leave. 
A cordial vote of thanks given by the Committee. 
Mr. Devey, from St. Georges, Hanover Square, ap- 
pointed for 3 months on trial. The Committee, 
considering the number of Boys absent at work 
in the Camomile fields, decided those who did not 
return before the 8*** Octo. shall be expelled, and 
that henceforth the Midsummer holidays shall be 
discontinued and a month be given, commencing 
the middle of August, to be regulated by the attend- 
ance and the season for field work.*' 

4, June 3. Mr. White's legacy (see ante) available for 
general purposes. 

Dec. Rev. J. B. Marsden having resigned, the 
Rev. R. W. Greaves was appointed Treasurer and 
Trustee. Mr. Marchant paid over £98 . 14 . 8^ 
left in his hands by Mr. Marsden. 

f5. The School House must be repaired. Mr. Arding 
to report as to time, etc. 

March. The Ladies decide that Miss Roylance is 
no longer required. 

April 29. Mr. Devey resigns. Mr. and Mrs. 
Samuel Hough elected. (They came from the 
Coleman St. Schools.) 

(69 May 23. ** Mr. Hambley the architect stated that 

238 The History of Tooting^-Graveney. 

they must remove the arches, take down and re- 
build the north wall, and under pin the other cross 
wall. Messrs. Williamson and Norris to do the 
work speedily. The Rector to send out circulars 
stating the case, and asking for subscriptions.** 

March 23. The Master and Mistress resigned. 
Mr. Davies elected Master, £50, Miss Lappin 
Mistress, £35. 

1847, March 26. Government Inspector visited the School, 

and his report was favourable. The S.P.C.K. having 
granted £"5, the Trustees did the same for a Library. 

1848, The funds in stocks standing in the names of Dr. 

Ravenhill and others to be transferred to Messrs. 
Rev. R. W. Greaves, Dr. Lord, Robert Clarke, and 
W. J. Thompson. 

1849, March 25. Mr. Davies resigns by reason of Mrs. 

Davies' ill-health. 

A cesspool to be constructed immediately below 
the palings on the western side of the school. 

June II. Mr. Hy. Williams elected Master, Miss 
Levett* resigns. 

June 25. The Boys were reported insubordinate 
by the temporary Master, and ordered to be 
punished for breaking windows both of School and 
Church. Some expelled, others punished in School. 

Nov. 5. Hon. S. C. H. R. Curzon added to the 
Committee, Robt. Clarke being deceased. The 
Committee passed a resolution that the Hon. 
S. C. H. R. Curzon be elected a Trustee. 

1850, May 6. Mr. Williams sent in his resignation as he 

did not care to undertake the education of pupil 
teachers. This was accepted. 

1851, Jan, 18. In February Mr. Henry Hulford a Batter- 

sea trained Certificated Master was appointed at 
£70. The Rector and ChiWardens had found it 
* No record of her appointment. 

The National Schools. 239 

possible to donate ^24 . 19 . 6 to the capital account 
of the School, being part of a sum left by the late 
Mr. Powell for the repairs of his Vault and Tomb 
in the Church and Churchyard, and not required 
for that purpose. It was laid out in 3 per cents., 
and raised the capital to jf 1558. The Committee 
desirous for the increase of the income of the 
schools, determined to sell the above-named stock 
and invest the proceeds in Railway debentures. The 
sale of the £1558 3 per cents, sold for ;f 1500 .9.0, 
with which were purchased ^^1500 5% G. N. De- 
bentures at 5% for £1535 .3.3. The charity thus 
being debtors for £34 . 14 . 3. 

The capital was then increased by two donations 
of 3^25 each from Messrs. Fuller and Judkins by 
arrangement with the parish (for encroachments). 

Having thus traced the history of the Charity Schools* 
to a comparatively recent date, the subject may be left 
with the remark, that when the School-Board for London 
had built its own schools, there was no need to continue 
this charity, and the Trustees, under a scheme approved 
of by the Charity Commissioners in 1875, arranged the 
income so that the wishes of those who provided the en- 
dowments should be carried out. (For details see Educa- 
tional Charities in the next chapter.) 

In 1895 the schools were too small for their purpose, 
viz., Sunday-schools, Church Lads* Brigade, etc., and the 
Trustees built the New Hall adjoining the old schools by 
means of public subscriptions, a bazaar, the generosity 
of Mr* and Mrs. Gassiot, and a loan from the Charity 
Commissioners upon the security of the endowment. 
This Hall was opened by the Lord Bishop of Rochester, 
Dr. Talbot, in 1896, and has already proved its value both 
as a place of healthy entertainment and as a part of the 
Sunday-schools connected with the church. 

* The later masters and mistresses will be found in Chapter XV. 


Henry Smith's Charity, 1627. 

The oldest charity in the parish is the aoDual gift of 
Alderman Smith, who died in 1627, and was bariedit 
Wandsworth. He was alderman and silversmith in the 
City of London. The object as described in the " Charities 
Register and Digest," is (a) the relief of the poor kindred 
of Alderman Smith, and donations to hospitals within the 
London bills of mortality, and to charities for obtaining 
for the children of the poor witfiin those bills the boiefit 
of a visit to the country ; {b) the relief of the poor of abotA 
200 parishes ; (c) relief of poor clergy in regular dn^. 
A dmission : (a) the applicants must be poor kindred erf the 
founder, of whom pedigrees are kept ; (6) the poor of the 
respective parishes are relieved through the parish officers; 
(c) alimitednumberof candidates receive relief at Christ- 
mas, and are recommended by the bishop of the diocese. 
Management : (a) under a scheme approved of by the 
Court of Chancery ; (6 and c) decree, deed of uses, and 
will of the founder. Income, about ^17,000. 
Dugdale's "Traveller," vol. iv., No. 165, says : 

" He died, aged 79, and devized property to a great amoaiU— 
Croydon, Kingston, Guildford, Dorking, ReigUe, Richmood and 
Farnhain,£i,oooeach ; Wandsworth ^soci,andvanousotbeTlQacies. 

The Charities. 241 

/^\opc» to bay impropriations for godly preachers ; founded a fellow- 
ship at Cambridge for his own kindred. The residue left to executors 
to be allotted to various parishes according to their discretion.'* 

Forty shillings was the amount paid to this parish then, 
but now £z ^50. It is given in clothing tickets. 

Sir John Maynard, 1659. 

Sir John Maynard gave £1 annually to be distributed 
to eight poor parishioners at two shillings and sixpence 
each on Easter Sunday by the minister and church- 

Deed Poll reciting that Sir John Maynard by his will The 13*^ of 
April 1655 did bequeath to the poor of the parish of Tooting-Graveny 
in Coo. Surr. ;£2o to be disposed where his wife should see most need 
& made Dame Mary his said Wife Exr: thereof & that the said Dame 
Mary did see most need to dispose & secure the same for the s^ poor 
as the parishioners of the s<* parish should think fit & to that purpose 
the s*^ parishioners do think fit & desire that an annuity or yearly Rent 
of 20^ p ann for ever may be secured for the use of the s"^ poor in lieu 
of the s^ j£2o out of the Mesages & Lands hereafter mentioned & 
farther reciting that John Maynard son of the s"^ Sir John Maynard at 
the desire of the s^ parishioners & the s^ Dame Mary his Mother and 
in consideration of ;£20 by her paid & in performance of the s^ will 
&, for securing the s^ annuity or yearly rent of 20' in manner afore- 
said was willing to settle & assure the same out of the premises here- 
after mentioned & to that end for the Consideration aforse'd the s*' 
John Maynard did give & grant unto £dw<i Dudson & Tho* Dudson 
his son, John Couchman the Elder & John &Thos Couchman his Sons, 
Edmund Sares & Edward Sares his son their Heirs & assigns for ever 
one Annuity or yearly Rent charge of 20* p. annum freed & dis- 
charged from all Taxes & to be yearly Issuing out of all that Messuage 
or Tenement &^ & 2 acres of Pasture Ground thereunto adjoining in 
the occupation of John Coldham in the s^ Parish of Tooting abutting 
as therein mentioned to hold to them their heirs & assigns for ever to 
be paid yearly on the feast of the Nativity of S^ John the Baptist upon 
Trust that they & their Heirs & Assigns do and shall yearly & every 
year for ever within 20 days of the s** feast Pay the same to the Parson, 
Church Wardens & Overseers of the Poor for I'he Time being and 
their successors to be, to be by them distributed to the poor of the 
s^ Parish of Tooting on the 29*^ of July for ever according to their dis- 
cretions w'^ a covenant to distrain on non Payment of the said 


242 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Annuity with (?) 14 days after the s^ feast-day & that this Deed shall 
be void in case the poor or any other of the s** parishioners sue for 

the s** Jlj^o 

Sign"! John (se^ Maynasd 

On the back of the deed poll was the following receipt: 

Kec*' July 28*** 1727 of Mr John Couchman the within meotioDed 
Deed Poll which I promise to deliver him on Demand whole and im- 
cancelled as witness my hand 

Witness J Ingham John Mah 

The above is a true copy of the deed poll firom John 
Maynard son of Sir John Maynard, for the annuity of £1 
per annum to the poor of the parish of Tooting, to be dis- 
tributed yearly on July 29 for ever, by the minister and 
churchwardens of the parish. 

Taken in the year 1746 by John Loringe, 

Vestry CleiL 
Thos. Shepherd) i^u i. j 
Rich. Wheatleyl Churchwardens. 

This is now (1896) distributed according to the testator's 
wish, and is included in the Sir James Bateman account 

Deputy Scriven's Gift, 1704. 
A clause out of Deputy Joseph Scriven's will bearing 
date April 14, 1704 : 

Item. I give and bequeath unto ye poor of ye parrish of Tootiiig- 
Graveney in ye County of Surry where I now live ye some 
of Tenn Pounds to be distributed unto and amongst y* as 
my Executrix togethe' w'** ye Minister and Churchwardens 
of ye said parrish for ye time being shall think fitt 

(Here follows names of fifteen parishioners who received 
sums varying from eight shillings to twenty shillings.) 
Signed, Bridgett Scriven. 

Timo. Turner, Rector, 
Charles Linton, Churchwarden. 
£dw. Sares and John Couchman. 

(Why this is in the Overseers' Book is a mystery ; it 
clearly belongs to the Churchwardens' Book.) 

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Batetnan Almshouses, 1709. 

Drey says, " On a marble over the door of an hospital 
Qg the road to Mycham, in capitals, is this inscrip- 

Building was erected at the charge of M'* Judeth Bateman 
of Joas Bateman late of London Esquire July Anno. 1709. 

Hospital was founded by the afore mentioned person, Mother 
ames Bateman. Lord Mayor of London in 1 7 1 7, For the benefit 
poor alms-women who have an allowance of 2 . 6 . each per 
md each half a chaldron of coals yearly, and are put in by the 
t Sir James, after his death by his son and so in succession by 
est heir of the family, when the Manor passed out of the hands 
Bateman family this Charity was by Act of Parliament trans- 
The site of the six houses and the house adjoining formed lot 
5 sale of the estate of Percival Lewis. Mr. Morgan Rice pur- 
the lot for ;£785. The estimated rental of his House (Park 
I was ;£20 and the six cottages £27. From the plan of sale, the 
e should be from " The Rosery " to the comer of Vant Road. 

Mr. Bickley's Gift, 1710. 

Account of the Money Distributed By the Minister & 
s which was a gift to the poore by M' Bickley 
IT here Distributed Jany y® 9 17 10 as under written : 

116 Wido Lynn 




•char ... 
Allen ... 
Taustal ... 
uaser ... 
1 Wheatland 
arke ... 







Wido Lauder ... 
John Lauder ... 
Wido Hausman 
John ffrances ... 
John Gibson ... 
Ben Moore 
ffra Pledge 










6 19 6 

5 19 

6 19 


12 19 o 

whole sum distributed is Twelve Pound Nineteen Shillings. 
iiere is Delivered into the hands of the Churchwardens the 
' Seven Pounds one Shill. Being in all Twenty Pounds. 

y* Remainder of the above s"* money by Tho Ansell who 
sd the office of Churchwarden for Mr. Monthion (Movillion) as 

244 ^^ History of Tooting-Graveney. 

P* for Tho Lane ... ... ... ... ... 400 

F* Wido Lewis ... ... ... ... ... o 10 9 

P** Wido Oliver ... ... ... ... ... o 10 9 

P** Tho Lanes Wife for the Wido ffreelands ... ...030 

P<i Wido Lauder for Looking after the Wido ffreelands ... o 50 

P^ Mary Wilson for watching with her Two Nights ... o i 

P* for Beers at several times for ye Watchers ... ...030 

5 13 6 

Remains in the hands of Tho Ansell of the above said 

money one Pound Seven Shillings & Sixpence ... i 76 
Paid ye Remainder of this Money by me as follows : 

Paid John Gibson ... ... ... ... ... 00 26 

Paid Rob Allan ... ... ... ... ... 00 50 

Paid Frances Pledg ... ... ... ... ... 00 50 

Paid the remainder of the money as above ssd by Order to 

Pledg Lane & Archer & Tho Shorey in full ... ... 00 15 

I 7 6 
April y* 7 17 13 by Tho Ansell. 

Brand Charity^ 1712. 

Isaac Brand by his will gave three pounds a year, and 
charged his mansion house with the payment thereof to 
be distributed by the Rector and Churchwardens on every 
Easter Sunday, at the church, to twelve poor parishioners, 
at five shillings each. 

September^ 17 12. Isaac Brand, Esq., late of Tooting, gave to the 
poor of the parish by his last will and testament, in the followiog 
words : 

ItenL I give to the Parish of Tooting in the County of Surry where I 
have lived many years the sum of three pounds to be dis- 
tributed by the Minister & Churchwardens unto and amoDgst 
the poor of that parish at the Parish Church on every Easter 
Sunday for ever and for the due payment thereof I do 
hereby charge the said three pounds per annum upon my 
mansion house which I now dwell in & upon two other smaS 
houses in Tooting aforesaid and upon the Lands thereunto 

1896, This is distributed in grocery orders at Easter. 

The Charities. 245 

In 1842 or 1843, a question arose as to this money not 
being forthcoming, and the following case was placed 
before Counsel : 


Isaac Brand, by his will dated 5th April, 1709, gave and bequeathed 
{fnier aiia\ as follows : 

Item. I give to the Parish Church of Tooting in the County of Surrey 
where I have lived many years the sum of three pounds to be 
distributed by the Minister and Churchwardens unto and 
amongst the poor of that parish at the Parish Church on 
every Easter Sunday for ever & for the due payment thereof 
I do hereby charge the said £^ per annum upon my Mansion 
House which I now dwell in and upon two other small 
Houses in Tooting aforesaid and upon the lands there unto 

Item. I give unto my said wife my house in Tooting wherein I now 
dwell together with the outhouses gardens & appurtenances 
thereunto belonging also two other houses in Tooting afs** 
with the lands thereunto belonging to hold all my said 
Houses & lands in Tooting afs' with their appurtenances 
unto my said wife and her heirs & assigns for ever subject to 
the payment of £^ per Annum to the poor of Tooting for 
ever as aforesaid and the said testator appointed his said wife 
sole Executrix of his said will. The property charged with this 
Payment is in the occupation of Mr Moyses to whom appli- 
cation has been made for 4 years arrears & in answer Mr 
Moyses writes as follows to Mr Cuthbert : 

" I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter applying as Ch- 
Warden for a rent charge upon my house at Tooting In reply I beg 
to say that this charge was regularly paid so long as the house was 
tenanted and is only now withheld from the circumstance of it being 
unoccupied There are consequently no funds out of which the charge 
could be paid I have only to add that so soon as it may be tenanted 
diese payments will be cheerfully resumed, there being no intention 
or wish to withhold anything there may be due ** 

It is not known by what means Mr Moyses acquired an interest in 
the Prope r t y in question 

Counsel will have the goodness to advise, the Will containing no 
power of distress what is the remedy by which the Ch: Wardens can 
enforce payment of the arrears in question 

246 Ihe History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Counsels Opimaru 
The devise to the Parish Church of Tooting is a devise to the 
Parson of the Church & his successors (2 Pow : on Devises 358 
Jarmans 3"* Ed"* & the cases thereto referred to) the present Incom- 
bent & not the Ch: Wardens is therefore I think the Proper Party to 
enforce payment of the rent of £z The remedies for recovery of the 
Rent are by distress under Statute 4 Geo 2 C 28 S 5 (See BoDery v 
Robinson, 3 Bingham 392) or by bill in Equity for a receiver or for 
payment of the arrears by sale (Capit v Jackson, 13 Price 721, S. C 
M^ CI 495) It appears by the latter case that relief will be given in 
Equity notwithstanding there may be a remedy at Law by distress 
but this doctrine is opposed to Lord Eldon's Opinion Express' in 
Baxter v Martheose, Cooper 41 & which I think is the better opinion. 
To enable the Incumbent to distrain it should appear that the rent 
was paid for 3 years within twenty years before the first day of the 
Session in which the act referred to was passed If this cannot be 
shewn or if there be difficulty in ascertaining the Houses & lands 
subject to the Rent or there be no sufficient distress to be had diere 
would I think be ground for equitable relief. I think that a sait is 
Equity should not be resorted to unless absolutely necessary Tlie 
Case does not state when the Testator died I assume that be died 
before the 24 June 1736 when the Statute of 9*** George 2 C 36 com- 
monly called the " Mortmain Act " came into operation. 

Signed J Lorence Bird 
Lincolns' Inn 10 Apl 1843 

Sir Jas. Batcmaii's Charity, 1718. 

Sir Jas. Bateman by his will left jfioo, the interest of 

which was to provide for the binding out apprentice of 

poor children of this parish by the churchwardens. In 

1892, £53 from unused dividends was invested = 3^250 in all 

This charity now (1896) produces a dividend of £7 7s. 8d., 

and is devoted to the object for which it was intended. 

Whereas the late S' James Bateman K* did by his last Will and 
Testament Bequeath to y* parish of Tooting-Graveny one hundred 
pounds for y* use & purpose of Binding Apprentice poor children of 
this parish, which hundred pounds together w^** thirty pounds Interest 
are now paid by y* R* Hon'^ the Lord Bateman : It is agreed at a 
Vestry held this 20**' day of February 1726-7 that y* said one hondred 
and thirty pound shall be invested in a South Sea Annuity by John 
Mann Esq. Samuel Lisle D D & Mr Thornton Mann who are boeby 

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empowered to receive from time to time y* interest accruing on y' said 
Annuity, and to apply it to y® purpose intended by y* said S' James 
Bateman's Will 

And it is hereby declared that this parish will indemnify & save 
harmless ye Trustees above mentioned from all charges and suits they 
may be liable to acting in pursuance of this trust & of y* intention of 
S' James Bateman's Will 

And it is further declared that upon y^ demise or removal out of y*" 
parish of any one of y* said Trustees y*" Vestry should appoint another 
person of this parish to act in his stead. 

Samuel Lisle, Rector of Tooting. 

^^ ^^^^^ \ Churchwardens 
J no Giblmg ) 

John Man, John Lynn, 

John Colt, John Creasy, 

John Morley, Henry Wilks, . 

William Bignell, James x Varlow. 


(In the handwriting of Dr. Lisle.) 

iVflw's Charity^ 1721. 

Thomas Man, gent., by his will gave six chaldrons of 
sea coals, and charged some tenements in Kingston-on- 
Thames with the cost thereof, to be distributed yeariy by 
the Rector and Churchwardens to twelve poor parishioners 
at half a chaldron each. 

Thomas Man, senr., gentleman, late of Tooting, gave to the poor of 
the parish by his last will and testament, in the following words : 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my said son Thomas Man all those 
my Messuages & Tenements & Hereditaments with the appur- 
tenances in Kingston in the County of Surry against the 
Market Place there, now in the possession of John Lamb 
and Thomas Harris Their under Tenants or assigns now 
both of them let at Thirty Pounds per Ann nevertheless. 
I have charged so much money to be paid out of the said 
Two Tenements as will pay for Six Chaldrons of Sea Coals 
and for bringing in the same to Tooting for the use of the 
Poor of the said Parish for ever to be at the disposal of my 
Son Thomas Man for his life & afterwards to be at the 
disposal of my son John Man. 

In 18969 72 sacks of coal were distributed to 24 persons, 
the value of the same being £7 i8s. 5d. 

248 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Sharter^s Gift, 1728. 

In the year 1728, Mr, Wm, Shorter by will gave to the 
poor of the parish of Tooting five pounds which sum was 
given to the poor of the said parish at the parish church 
on Sunday, the 22nd of December, 1728 (distributed to 
sixteen parishioners). 

Edwd. Ballardy Curate. 

John Colt, ) 

William Bignell, } Churchwardens 

Rogers' Gift, 1778. 

John Rogers, Esq., left by his will jf 200 to be laid oat 
in Government securities, and Martha, his wife, added 
thereto £1^ 6s. 8d., which donations produce £10 interest 
per annum in the 3 per cent. Consolidated Annuities, the 
said interest to be given annually by the Rector and 
Churchwardens to such poor housekeepers resident within 
the said parish, that have not been chargeable thereto for 
one whole year. 

May 17, 1779. That Mrs. Rogers, Wife and Executrix 
of John Rogers Esq'' Deceased, having sent Morgan Rice 
Esq*" one of the Churchwardens of this Parish an abstract 
of the said John Rogers Will in respect to a Legacy left by 
him the aforesaid John Rogers Esq to the poor of the said 
parish, which the said Morgan Rice Esq^ laid before the 
Vestry as follows : 

" I direct my Executrix to lay out and invest the sum of Two Hun- 
dred Pounds and sum of the Publick Stock, funds or Government 
Security in the names of such persons as Trustees as shall be 9p- 
pointed by the parishioners of the said Parish of Tooting in the Coanty 
of Surry for that purpose. 

" And I direct that the said sum be kept so invest^ in the names of 
three persons, at the least, and that the yearly Interest, and Diridend 
ariseing from the funds in which the said sum shall be Invested shall 
be paid, applied and Distributed once a year by the Rector and 

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Churchwardens for the time being of the said parish and among such 
poor persons as at the time of such distribution as shall be House- 
keepers resident within the said parish and shall not within Twelve 
Months before that time have been chargeable thereto. 

^ In consequence of the above information the persons hereunto 
subscribing and constituting this Vestry have agreed and appointed 
the Rev** D' Allen Rector of the said Parish of Tooting The R* Hon*»'° 
Samuel Plumbe Esq Lord Mayor of London and Morgan Rice Esq** 
to be Trustees for the security of the above Legacy." 

Ordered that a Coppy of this be Delivered to Mrs Rogers 

Jos Overton W" Witton 

Rich** Panton Jno Loringe 

Ed Vidler 

John Jenkins Curate 

Morg" Rice Churchwarden 

John Cover, Will Kimber Overseers. 

Jno Arnold 

At a Vestry held on 17^ of May last Morgan Rice Esq' produced 
an abstract of the will of John Rogers Esq'. Dec^ and in Pursance of 
which the Rev* D' Henry Allen, The R' Hon" Samuel Plumbe and 
Morgan Rice Esq" were appointed Trustees, and the said Trustees 
have received from Mrs Martha Rogers Executrix to the said John 
Rogers a Bank 3 Per Cent Consolidated receite for ;£333 .6.8 w^** is 
for the legacy of i^200 left by the s* J Rogers Esq' and a donation of 
M** Rogers*s of £\'^ .6.8 which will bring an yearly Income of £\o 
per ann. The Receite for w^** remains In the hands of the s* M Rice 
Esq' the present Church Warden. 

It is unanimously Resolved that the thanks of the Parish be given 
to Mrs Rogers for her Generous Donation. 

Ordered that an Inscription of the above Donation be put up in the 

Signed Morg" Rice & others. 

1780 Feby \V^ The Donation of the Late John Rogers Esq' was 
distributed by the Dockter and Churchwardings to thirteen Parish- 
ioners Resident House Keepers in the above Parish as follows : 

Thos Walker ... 

... I I 

Jack Nayler ... 

... 12 

W- Ridge ... 

... I I 

Mary Eakhan... 

.... 12 

W Astin 

... I I 

Jno Barlow ... 

... 15 

Mrs Butcher ... 

... I I 

Alex' Cape 

... 12 

Rich^ Jones ... 

... I 

Jno Wren 

... 10 


Jno Gray 
Morris Taylor 

... 12 
... 12 

Mrs Parqulis ... 

... 10 


10 o o 

250 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Chivcrs' Charity^ 1784- 

Mrs. Martha Chivers* left by her will the 17th of 
February 3^200 to be laid out on Government Securities, 
the interest to be given annually by the rector and church- 
wardens, as in Rogers* Gift, 

1896. Rogers' and Chivers' gifts united produced a 
dividend of £iy 17s. 4d., which was distributed by the aid 
of the District Visitors, the Work Society and the Provi- 
dent Club. 

Bridges* {Brydges*) Trust 

Produces ^^27 los. per annum, and is distributed by 
the Rector and Churchwardens to such persons, inhabi- 
tants of the parish, and in such proportions as they shall 
think fit. 

In 1896 the trust was distributed by means of the 
District Visitors and Provident Club. 

Avarn^s Charity, i8og. 

Mr. John Avarn gave jfsoot in the 5 percent, annuities 
for the purchase of bread, to be given by the church- 
wardens every Sunday to 12 poor inhabitants who shall 
have attended divine service at this church on that 

In the Will of John Avarn late of Tooting- Graveney, in 
the County of Surry, Gentleman, deceased, dated the 17th 
of October, 1806, is as follows : 

And I give and bequeath nine Hundred Pounds, bank five pounds 
per cent Annuities part of a larger sum belonging to me and standing 
in my name in the Books of the Governor and Company of the Bank 
of England unto my two friends John Grillier of Tooting aforesaid 
Surgeon -and James Blake of the same place Brewer and the Survivor 
of them and the Executors and administrators of such survivors upon 
the Trust and under the several provisions and conditions herein 

♦ N^£ Rogers. See an/e. 

t Now £31$$ from accumulated Dividends. 

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after mentioned expressed and declared of and concerning the same. 
That is to say upon Trust that they my said Trustees and the survivor 
of them his executors and administrators do and shall pay and apply 
the yearly interest and dividends arising from and out of 6ve hundred 
pounds Bank five per cent Annuities part of the said nine hundred 
pounds like annuities into the Trustees and committee of the Charity 
School of Tooting aforesaid and their successors for ever to be by 
them applied in aid and support of the said School and the Education 
of Poor children Therein under their direction upon the condition 
that the School master employed therein do not take any day scholars 
but those who shall be admitted as scholars by such Trustees of the 
said School or in default thereof The said four hundred pounds Bank 
five per cent annuities shall go and become payable to my Residuary 
Legatees herein after mentioned and upon Trust, That they my said 
Trustees or the Survivor of them his Executors or administrators do 
and shall pay and apply the yearly Interest and dividends arising 
firom and out of Two hundred pounds Bank five per cent Annuities 
further part of the said nine hundred pounds like annuities unto the 
said Trustees and Committee of the said Charity School of Tooting 
aforesaid and their successors for ever to be by them applied for an 
annual dinner for the Committee and Children of the said School on 
Ascension day commonly called Holy Thursday in each year, and it 
is my desire that such annual dinner be given at the Mitre Inn, in the 
Tooting aforesaid, and in the same manner as the same was given by 
me in my lifetime and upon Trust that they my said Trustees or 
the Survivor of them his executors and administrators do and shall 
pay and apply the yearly Interest & dividends arising from and out of 
three hundred pounds Bank five per cent annuities Residue of the 
said nine hundred pounds like annuities unto the Church Wardens 
for the Time being of the Parish of Tooting aforesaid and their Suc- 
cessors for ever to be by them laid out in the purchase of Twelve or 
more half-quarten loaves of bread weekly and to be distributed among 
twelve or more Poor Persons on Each Sunday at the Parish Church 
of Tooting aforesaid who shall then have attended divine service there 
on that day such poor persons being inhabitants of Tooting aforesaid. 
Provided always and it is my will and mind that my said Trustees and 
the survivor of them his executors and administrators shall and may 
reimburse themselves respectively all such costs charges and ex- 
penses they may sustain and expend by and out of the Trust monies 
which shall come to their hands and shall not be answerable for any 
loss or damage which may happen thereto, unless through their wilful 
de&ult and each of them shall be answerable for his own act aild 
deeds only. 

252 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

In the second codicil to the said will is as follows: 

And to my cousin Ann Avam now the wife of Deionistis Boston tbe 
Rent of the House I now live in and the House adjoining with the 
Bakehouse and the House adjoining the Bakehouse inhabited by 
John Piper and John Cover she to have the rents of them during her 
life and at her death I give them in trust to Mr John Grillier and Mr 
James Blake both of Tooting for them to pay annually the rents of my 
freehold to my cousin Boston and at her death to the Treasurer and 
Trusts of the Chanty School of Tooting for ever and I further desire 
at my decease that I may not be opened alltho' I had given Mr. 
Grillier my consent so to do as I have altered my mind. 

Proved in London with two Codicils the 18^^ May 1809 before the 

Worshipful Charles Coole Doctor of Laws and Surrogate by the Oadi 

of John Grellier (in the will written Grillier) and James Blake the 

Executors to whom administration was granted having been first 

sworn duly to administer 

Chas D^TfELEY -J 

John Iggulden V ^^P"^ 
WFGOSTLING )R«^strars 

Ravenhiirs Gift, 1833. 

Dr. Ravenhill left to the overseers the sum of £50, the 
interest of which was to be given to the poor widows in 
the workhouse. Since this institution was closed in 1843 
the money has been distributed to poor widows 65 years 
old and upwards, receiving parish relief, thus carrj'ing oat 
the pious wish of the founder. The principal is now 
represented by jr6o consols, from dividends which accu- 
mulated after the workhouse closed, as the Charity lay 
dormant for some years. (Income, 1896, £1 13s.) 

Hoggart's Gift, 1864. 

Another charity is known as Hoggart's Gift. Miss 
Mary Harford Hoggart, in fulfilment of the wishes of her 
deceased brother, the late Charles Lancelot Hoggart, on 
June 21, 1864, gave to the Rev. R. Greaves, the then 
rector of Tooting-Graveney, a cheque for jfi'ioo. Miss 
Hoggart subsequently by two letters declared her wish to 
be that the money should be invested in consols, and that 
the dividends should be given yearly, on Easter Day, as 

The Charities. 253 

the benefaction of her brother, to three poor men, natives of 
Tooting, of sixty-five years of age and upwards, prefer- 
ence being given to those most aged. The administration 
of the gift to be vested in the Rector and Churchwardens. 
(Income 1896, £z i8s. 8d., distributed in grocery orders.) 

Maria Jane Clarke Memorial. 

Founded by Stephenson Clarke. £200 Arbitration 
Pref. 4i Stock L. C. & D. Ry. The interest to be applied 
for the benefit of the poor of the parish of Tooting- 

Rector and Churchwardens, Trustees and Managers. 
First Trustees — Rev. Edward H. Morton, Rector. 

Mr. J. B. Ward, \ Churchwardens 

Mr. W. P. Mellhuish, J ^^^^^^^^^^^^^s. 

The Trustees to apply the dividend of the Trust Stock for the 
benefit of such aged persons, inhabitants of the said parish, as they 
shall consider most deserving, of either sex, married or single, but of 
not less than sixty years of age. No person to be considered less de- 
serving by reason or on account of his or her religious opinions. 

(Income i8g6, £7 5s. 7d., distributed in pensions to 
aged men.) 

Stephenson Clarke Fund. 

Rector and Churchwardens, Trustees. £iooo. 

First Trustees — Rev. Edward H. Morton, Rector. 

Mr. James Foster, ) ^i_ , , 
Mr. W. P. Mellhuish. | Churchwardens. 

Dividend to be applied to " repairing & keeping in repair & good 
order that portion of T. G. Churchyard in which any grave is situate 
& keeping the same at all times planted with flowers suited to the 
season of the year properly watered & tended & so that this same 
may at all times present a neat & orderly appearance & to distribute 
the balance of the said dividends from time to time as the same shall 
be received among such of the deser\'ing poor people of the said 
parish without regard to their denomination or religious opinions as 
he and they shall in his or their discretion from time to time select" 

Income 1896, £33 3s., distributed in pensions and for 
the keeping up of the churchyard as directed in the will. 

254 ^^^ History of Tooting- Gnxveney. 

Elizabeth Collett Charity, 1839. 

Elizabeth Collett, in 1839, assigned to trustees a parcel 
of leasehold land, upon which she had erected a School 
for Infants, to be called the Salvador Infant School. This 
she endowed with a Government annuity of ^f 11 6s. 6d. 
for sixty years. When, in 1854, the Parochial Infant 
School was erected, her school could not exist as a 
separate institution. It was closed and afterwards sold, 
the proceeds being invested to increase the annuity, and 
this is now included in the Educational Charities. 

Parochial Infant Schools, now the Vestry Hall. 

In 1854 the Parochial Infant School was built, at a cost 
of :f 1,519 2s. 6d., and 3^250 paid for the site. When the 
School Board for London was established, the school was 
handed over to them, and some few years after, when 
their new schools were erected on the opposite side of the 
road, the parish had the satisfaction of buying back the 
school they had given away (for details of which see 
Vestry Minutes, p. 148). 

Educational Charities. 

As it was the wish of the pious donors that the En- 
dowments of the National School should at all times be 
used for educational purposes, it became needful, when 
the Schools were no longer required for use as National 
Schools, owing to the establishment of Board Schools in 
Tooting-Graveney, to reconstruct the educational charities 
of the parish ; so in 1875 a scheme was formulated by the 
Charity Commissioners which consolidated the charities 
of John Avarn, William Powell, John Ravenhill, and 
Elizabeth Collett. The scheme which was adopted pro- 
vides that : 

I. Until the year 1899 (when the terminable Government Annuity 
of ;£ 13 7s. od., forming the endowment of Elizabeth Collett^ 
Charity will cease to be payable) the sum of £6 per ani^^^ni shaO be 

The Charities. 255 

vegularly reserved by the Trustees out of the said income, and shall 
be deposited by them in the names of not less than three of their 
body, at interest in a Bank of established character. The entire ac- 
cumulated fund so to be formed shall be invested under an order of 
the Charity Commissioners in the purchase of Consolidated ^£3 per 
cenL Annuities, in the names of the Official Trustees of Charitable 
Funds, the income to be derived from such accumulated fund, and its 
investment shall be treated as forming part of the annual income of 
the said Charities, and be subject to the provisions of this Scheme. 
No sum in excess of £^0 shall be allowed to remain uninvested. 

2. The sum of £^ per annum out of the said income shall be ap- 
plied in bestowing rewards upon meritorious Scholars of either sex 
(being Infants) attending any efficiently conducted Elementary 
Schools in Tooting-Graveney, aforesaid, whose parents or next friends 
are resident in that parish or the immediate vicinity. The rewards 
shall be bestowed for good conduct and regularity of attendance at 
School The amount and nature of such rewards shall be fixed by 
the Trustees for the time being, but always so that the Children of 
one sex shall never obtain a greater advantage than those of the 

3. The residue of the said annual income shall be divided into three 
equal parts or shares, of which one part or share shall be applied by 
the Trustees in such manner and subject to such reasonable regula- 
tions as may from time to time be prescribed by them in promoting, 
assisting, or maintaining an efficient Sunday-school, for the benefit of 
Children of either sex of poor persons residing in the Parish of 
Tooting-Graveney, aforesaid, or the immediate vicinity. 

4. The remaining two parts or shares of the residue of the said 
annual income shall be applied by the Trustees in the creation and 
payment of Scholarships or Exhibitions not exceeding £;io per annum 
each, to be assigned to meritorious Scholars of either sex attending, 
and who have attended for the period of two years, any efficiently 
conducted Elementary Schools in the Parish of Tooting-Graveney, 
aforesaid, whose parents or next friends are resident in that Parish or 
the immediate vicinity, and being not less than 10 or more than 14 
years of age. The Scholars shall be selected from time to time by 
the Trustees for the time being, in the result of a public examination 
to be held and conducted in conformity with regulations to be from 
time to time prescribed by the Trustees. Each Scholarship or Exhi- 
bition shall be tenable for two years at any efficiently conducted 
School or Schools of a grade superior to an Elementary School, and 
shall be granted with the object of assisting the Scholars who may be 
selected to obtain a higher class of Education. 

256 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

If in any year there shall not be in the estimation of the Examiner, 
a Candidate or Candidates sufficiently deserving to receive a Scholar- 
ship or Exhibition, the Trustees for the time being shaD not award a 
Scholarship or Exhibition during that year, but shall apply the incone 
thereby remaining unappropriated, in manner hereinafter provided 
for the application of any residue or surplus or unappropriated 

The residue or surplus or unappropriated income of the Charities 
(if any) shall either be applied at the discretion of the Trustees io 
giving rewards to meritorious Scholars of either sex who shall ha\-e 
failed to obtain a Scholarship or Exhibition, or shall be from time to 
time accumulated by the Trustees in their names, in a Bank of estab- 
lished character, until it shall amount to a suitable sum, when the 
same shall be invested by them in the name of the Official Trustees 
of Charitable Funds, in the Government Funds, for the purpose of 
establishing an additional Scholarship or Exhibition. 

This Scheme or any part thereof may, however, be varied from time 
to time by the Trustees with the sanction of the Charity Commis- 
sioners, if and so often as such variation should be considered to be 
necessary or desirable. 

Taking advantage of this last clause^ the Trustees 
have borrowed 3^600 from the Charity Commissioners 
towards the building of the Church Lane Hall, which is 
an enlargement of the schools, so that for some time to 
come the Sunday-schools will not get the financial help 
which the charity has for years been able to provide. 

Although non-parochial, the following is included. 

Mistress Dorothy Appleby left property in Tooting- 
Graveney, to the Rector and Churchwardens of Streat- 
ham, £5 to apprentice a boy or girl to some manual labour 
and the residue to repair certain roads. The property 
had a charge of ^20 per annum out of her estate to keep 
the said property in repair. In 1829 this had disappeared, 
and the land was let for sixty-one years at a ground rent 
of 3^25 per annum, lease expiring in 1890, The houses 
occupied by Mr. Sorrell and others in High Street are 
upon this land. 



1767 — 1786. 

The duty of* providing for those who, by reason of in- 
finnity or indigence, are unable to obtain sufficient to 
sustain Hfe, rests upon every community, and has always 
been a source of trouble and anxiety to those who were, 
either by position or appointment, charged with the over- 
sight of a fixed locality. 

From the very beginning of the world this duty has 
devolved apon the Church. Under the Mosaic dispensa- 
tion the poor congregated at the gates of the Temple, 


258 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

and asked alms of those who came to worship, and the 
charitable also placed their contributions in the alms-box 
within its doors. So it was also at the beginning of the 
Christian era, and the giving of gifts to the poor was a 
part of the Christian religion. 

In 1349, by Act 23 Edward III., it was enacted "that 
no alms should be given to a beggar able to work," and 
the support of the poor was undertaken by the Church. 

In 1535, by Act 27 Henry VIIL, owing to the demoli- 
tion of the monasteries, a compulsory Poor Law was 
created, but the germ of our present system was contained 
in Act 43, ch. 2, Elizabeth, 1601. It ordered parishes to 
appoint overseers for the relief of the poor, blind, lame, 
and impotent. This was modified in 1662, and in the year 
1772 the workhouse system came into operation. Between 
1812 and 1832 the pauperism of England was a great 
burden, and threatened to ruin the country, so in 1854 
the Poor Law amendment Act of William IV. was passed. 
It divided the land into Unions, ordered that a workhoose 
should be built in each, appointed a central Board, and 
arranged that the paupers who dwelt in the various 
workhouses should submit to the labour test, in place of 
receiving outdoor relief Prior to 1834, one person in 
twelve was a pauper. By 1849 ^^^ ^^^ fallen to 6.2, and 
in 1867 to 4.0. Outdoor relief is still given, but in a more 
modified style, and this Act has been further amended 
from time to time ; but still, in its chief faictors, is much 
the same as then. 

That Tooting- Graveney had its full share in these 
troubles will be seen by the perusal of the notes which 
follow ; but it is somewhat characteristic of the place that 
they took a long time in which to definitely decide how 
the poor should be housed and kept. Previously, it will 
be seen by the Vestry minutes the poor were boarded 
out among the cottagers, and certain sums paid for their 
maintenance. We will now quote from the notices of the 
Vestry upon the matter, and the interesting history of the 

The Workhouse. 259 

lilding of a workhouse will, we think, be sufficient 
ason for placing these minutes here in a consecutive 
rm instead of incorporating them in their regular 
sition under the heading of '' Vestry." 

67, OcU 4. " A proposal having been made to Mr Rice, 
Lord of the Manor, for erecting a house for the 
poor of the parish Mr Rice attended with an 
estimate for that purpose amounting to £\^o. 
When it was proposed that Mr Rice should build a 
house on the plan proposed on the Common abut- 
ting to and bounded by Church Field, to extend 
one hundred yards forwards to the North East on 
the Common, including the Building, and to go in 
the direction of the Hedges of the said Church 
Field, leaving a sufficient Road from each of the 
Two Common Gates adjoining thereto, and as the 
charge of enclosing the garden, etc., cannot be im- 
mediately ascertained it is agreed to allow Mr Rice 
£% per cent for the whole money laid out, provided 
the same does not exceed ;^200, and that the parish 
do take a lease of the said Tenement for the poor- 
house* for 21 years. 

That Mr Rice be allowed to erect two Tenements 
on each side of the s*d Building and it is further 
agreed that only 36 feet in width, and 100 yards in 
length of the ground above mentioned shall be 
granted to the parish with the lease of the poor- 
house, and the Remainder be reserved for the sole 
Use and Benefit of Mr Rice. 

William Waller Ch:Warden. 
Paul Palmer Overseer. 

Samuel Wilton, Thomas Walker, Edw^ Crutch- 
feild, John Ridge, Jno Avarn, Jno AmoU, James 
Graham, Thos Garrood, Jno Loringe, Rich^^ Postle- 
thwaite, Morg» Rice." 

' The term poor-house is here lused and not workhoase as later on. 

17 — 2 

26o The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Nov. I and 2. " The proceedings of the Vestry 
held by adjournment to the Castle on Tuesday, 
Oct. 6, 1767, were reconsidered and were entirely 
disapproved of in all the particalars, but as Mr Rice 
the person to contract with being gone to France 
and expected to return in a short time, it is thon^t 
proper to postpone any further proceedings at this 
time to this day fortnight. That Mr Rice be 
acquainted with this determination. 

Signed James Lacy Curate. 
Sam^ Plumbe, Joseph Salvador, Peter Hamond, 
Eliz Kemp, (Lord) Trimlestoun,* Amy Ruddock." 

(Note. The first time we find ladies present at 
the Vestry.) 

Nov. 16. "That the further consideration con- 
cerning the poor-house be postponed to this day 


Signed James Lacy Curate. 

Sam^ Plumbe, Paul Palmer Overseer, Peter 

Hamond, Joseph Salvador, W™ Jelfe." 

Nov. 22. " That no act of any Vestry exceeding a 

value of Twenty pounds charge to the Parish shall 

be valid unless referred to and confirmed by a 

second Vestry, whereof public and proper notice be 


Signed James Lacy Curate. 

Peter Hamond, Sam^ Plumbe, W™ Jelfe, Trimles- 
toun, Joseph Salvador." 

Dec. 7. " Ordered that Mr Waller Churchwarden 
of the parish do call upon Mr Rice to know from 
him whether he will concur in the underneath pro- 
posal from this Vestry, viz.. That the parish may 
take upon them the expenses of the Building now 

* His own way of spelling his name. 

t A week, contracted from seven nights. See As You LUtt It^ lU- 3> 

The Workhouse. 261 

erecting on the Common of Tooting Graveney for 
the poor of the said parish the said poor-house, and 
thereunto allotted to remain for ever for the use of 
the said parish, and that the Two Tenements now 
also erecting at each end of the said poor-house 
with a quantity of ground equal to that appointed 
for the poor-house to be equally divided between 
the two said Tenements shall remain for ever the 
property of the said Mr Rice. 

Signed James Lacy Curate. 
Jno Avarn, John Cover, Jno Loringe, Will" Betts, 
Fr. Kingston, Jno Arnoll, Rich** Postlethwaite, 
Trimlestoun, Sam* Plumbe, W™ Jelfe, John 
Rogers, Will'm Waller, Churchwarden, John 

(No date.) "Mr Waller acquaints this Vestry 
that He waited on Mr Rice as ordered at last 
Vestry, and says that Mr Rice answer'd that if the 
parish would not agree to this former contract, to 
leave him where they found him, and which not 
being a full explanation it is resolved that Mr Rice 
be acquainted that they cannot agree to the pro- 
ceeding of the Vestry Oct. 4, 1767, but if Mr Rice 
will make a proposal to the parish, a Vestry shall 
be called to consider of it. 

Signed Will" Waller Ch:Warden. 

Saml Plumbe. 

Joseph Salvador. 

Edw<* Crutchfield. 

John Cover. 

Jno Loringe. 

Thos Tamplin. 

Will" Betts. 
(Note. Mr. Waller, expecting the parishioners 
would dine together, provided accordingly; but 
very few thought proper to come, is the reason 

262 The History of Tooting- Grwveney. 

that the Christmas allowance is broke through, it 
being too hard for those that did attend to pay the 

1768, Jan. 17. " Mr Morgan Rice by the minutes of the 
last Vestry* finds that the paper writing sent by 
Mr Rogers was not look'd upon as a propeusal 
concerning the Building erected by him for the 
parrish. He therefore doeth now make the follow- 
ing proposal that he will let the said Building to 
the paraish for 61 years at the yearly rent as shall 
be adjudged or fixt by 2 surveyeers, one to be chose 
by the paraish and the other by the said Morgan 
Rice and after the experaiten of the s^ 61 years the 
Ground and Building to be the property of the s^ 
Morgan Rice, he paying Annually to the said 
parish such a sum as the survaiers may adjudge. 
They may be Intitled to Rec^ for the right they had 
in the said ground. 

That if the 2 Survayers cannot agree that they 
call in a thurd and to abide by the Determention 
of Two out of the 3 said persons. 

Signed William Waller Churchwarden. 
John Ridge, Peter Hamond, Jno Avam, Edward 
Crutchfield, Frs Kingscote, Willm Betts, Jno Cover, 
Thos Tamplin, Rich Postlethwaite." 

Fchy. 2. " The Proposal of Mr Rice to the Vestiy 
of Tooting Graveney held at the Castle Jan. 17, 
1768, is approved of for the present. 

Signed Trimlestoun, (Not legal)t Peter Hamond, 
Thos Garrood, Francis Willcox, John Gover, Thos. 
Tamplin, Willm Waller, ChiWarden, Jno Avam, 
Edwd Crutchfield, John Betts, Rich Postlethwaite." 

* Minutes not in the book, and could not have been taken. The 
Vestry would be about January 3. 
t Written in by another hand. ? Saml. Plumbe. 

The Workhouse. 263 

Fthy. II. " The proposal from Mr Rice has been 
reconsidered accepted and is mutually agreed to 
Between Mr Rice and the Vestry upon the follow- 
ing terms. Within the space of one calendar 
Month to be completed from the day of the build- 
ings being completely furnished for the reception 
of the poor of the said parrish Mr Waller the 
Churchwarden and at present acting as overseer of 
the said parrish shall appoint M^" Pryolos (?) Sur- 
veyor chose by Mr Rice and Mr Couse Surveyor 
chosen by the said parrish to meet on the spot 
where the said Building is erected, and there to 
consider and compute and award what annual rent 
the parrish ought to pay unto the said Mr Rice for 
the said Building on a Lease from him for 61 years 
and on their publishing their award, which must 
be within the space of one month after proper 
notice of the Buildings being completely furnished 
shall be g^ven to the Churchwarden, Mr. Rice and 
the said Churchwarden and Overseer shall inter- 
changeably execute leases conformable with their 
award, and the Surveyors are to consider that the 
ground wareon the " Ponilo *'* (?) is erected at Mr. 
Rices propper expence and the ground wareon the 
Tenements are built at each end of the Building 
for the poor, together with all the ground to be 
enclosed for the use of the said Buildings is part of 
the common of the parrish of Tooting-Graveney 
aforesaid. That Mr Rice is to enjoy from this day 
the two tenements with the ground allotted to 
them. That after the expiration of 61 years Mr 
Rice is to become Tennent to the parrish for the 
ground upon which all the said buildings are 
erected, together with the ground to be enclosed 
for them, on a lease for ever to be made to him by 

* Evidently a word which has puzzled others. 

264 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

the parrish in reversion of the term of 61 years at 
such annual rent as the abovenamed Sarvejrors by 
their award shall appoint, and in case of disagree- 
ment between the two abovenamed surveyors they 
shall call in a third Surveyor to be chosen indeffer- 
ently between them by lot, and any two of the said 
surveyors agreeing shall make the award. 

(N.B. — The garden allotted to the Poor House to 
be fenced in with a common Hedge, and the Ditch 
to be on the outside, and two rows of Quick to be 
planted in propper manner. 

Will" Waller Churchwarden. 

Morg** Rice, Trimlestoun, Peter Hamond, Thos 
Tamplin, Jno Cover, Fr Kingscote, W™ Betts, 
Thos Carrood, Edw^ Crutchfield, Jno Loringe, 
Rich^ Postlethwaite. 

(This procedure must fall to the ground, for as 
there was no Vestry held in the Church, there could 
be no adjournment. 

Signed Samuel Plumbe, Feb. 24, 1768.)" 

Feb, 28. " Vestry called for . . . and to endeavour 
to remove the unhappy disputes that at present 
subsist between the parish and Mr Rice about a 
Building erected and intended by Mr Rice for the 
parish to place their poor in. 

Signed James Lacy Curate. 

Samuel Plumbe, W" Waller (Ch:Warden) Jno 
Avarn, Thos Walker.*' 

Mar. 9. "That the Shopkeepers have their turn 
to serve the poorhouse." 

Apl. 17. " Mr Rice having erected a Building on 
Tooting Common intended for the use of the poor 
which on consideration will be thought attended 
with an expense which the parish has no occasion 
for, and therefore have applied to Mr Rice toextri- 

The Workhouse. 265 

cate them from this inconvenience, and he is so 
oblidg^ng as to entirely disengage the parish from 
all contracts attending the same on condition that 
the said parish give up all claim to not exceeding 
one acre of land besides the land formerly granted 
for the intended Building of the poors House and 
Cottages adjoining, which when an instrument is 
draw'd up for this purpose we are ready to sign 
the same. 

Signed W™ Waller Churchwarden " 

(and others). 

Ap, 29. "Previous minutes confirmed unanimously, 
That Mr Rogers and Mr Plumbe went with Mr Rice 
on Tuesday, 26^^ Day of April, 1768, to view the 
ground allotted to Mr Rice according to the In- 
strument. The parishioners are to sign and ap- 
prove of the same, being agreeable to the former 

Signed Wm Waller " (and others). 

^6g, Jan. 28. "That the parish view the House in 
Garrett Lane, how far it is fit for a poor-house." 

Oct. " It was agreed between the parish and Mr 
Jno Arnoll and Mr Garrood to take a House in 
Garrett Lane which they are in possession of 
under an agreement with Mrs Cordilia Loyd, and 
it is agreed to take the same of Jno Arnoll and 
Thos Garrood at the Rent of Thirteen pounds a 
year, to be paid quarterly and to take it for three 
years certain from Michaelmas next, they putting 
it in proper repair. This House is intended for 
the reception of the poor, provided we are in pos- 
session before Michaelmas next, to allow accordingly 
afier the rate of the aforesaid Rate. 

Signed John Gover, Overseer, Saml Plumbe, 
John Rogers, W™ Waller, Jno Avarn, 
Jno Arnoll, Thos Garrood." 

266 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

1775, Oct. 3. " Ordered that the Overseer do apply to Mr 

Angel for a House in the said Parish for the accom- 
modation for the poor." 

1776, June 25. ** That the poor-house be examined and 

the needful done for the reception of the poor." 
1778, April 21. "That Mr. Gover has refused to serve the 
office of Overseer as much on account of the great 
trouble arising for want of room for the poore, and 
that the Vestry then present did agree to use their 
utmost endeavours for a house or proper place for 
the residence of the poor, and a Vestry be called 
upon the first opportunity to agree upon some place 
as the Vestry then present shall think proper." 

June 25. "That a further consideration be 
thought on for a House for the use of the Poore." 

July 28. " That the Churchwardens and Over- 
seers do wate on Mr Rogers concerning a piece of 
ground wich Mr Rogers has Hinted would be 
agreeable to Build a Poore House on, in order to 
treet with him and report the same at the next 


Signed Morg" Rice, ChrWarden 

(and others). 

Aug. 31. " The officers of the parish have waited 
on Mr Rogers concerning a piece of land to Build 
a Poore House on, and Mr Rogers gave for answer 
that he would furnish a piece of ground sutable 
for that purpose on reasonable terms when the 
parrish raised the money for that purpose. That 
the further consideration of the Vestry be post- 
ponded until this day wheek for the considering 
(the) way to Build a Poore House. 

Signed Morga"^ Rice, ChiWarden." 

Sepi, 7. " Resolved that the undernamed Gentle- 
men be appointed a Committee to procure a Plan 
and Estimate for Building a Poor House. 


The Workhouse. 267 

Morgan Rice, Esq. Saml Plumbe, Esq. 

Thos Jeflferies, Esq. W™ Holmes, Esq. 

Jno Rogers, Esq. Thos Willis, Esq. 

Mr Young. Mr Stevenson. 

Mr Lalande. 
And it was resolved that three or more of these 
Gentlemen be a Committee, and that a General 
Vestry be called on Monday, 21^^, at five o'clock in 
the afternoon to receive their report 

Morgan Rice, Churchwarden " 
(and others). 

(Note. No meeting on the 2i»^ Vestry held on 
the 22'^<*, but no report recorded.) 

839 Aug, 6. '' Resolved that better accommodation for 
lodging the poor shall be procured, and that a 
House be taken if possible for that purpose.*' 

'84, Feb. 29. '' A Motion was made by Mr Holmes, and 
seconded by T. Clarke, ' that the poor of this parish 
appear to be in such a distressed situation that it 
is necessary a poor-house should be built. It was 
therefore unanimously resolved that a Vestry be 
summoned for Sunday next, the 7^^ day of March, 
and Mr. Evans desired to attend with his proposals 
for the Building the same.' And on the motion 
being put that a poor-house should be built, it 
passed unanimously in the affirmative." 

March 7. " A Motion was made by Mr Loringe, 
and unanimously resolved in the affirmative, that 'a 
Poor House be built in this parish and the expense 
attending the same be chargeable upon the Rates 
and that application be made to Mrs Chivers for 
the fulfilling her former promise of a piece of 
ground to build the same upon, and also for her 
liberal offer of twenty pounds towards the defray- 
ing the expences attending the said building, and 
that Morgan Rice, Esq'' be requested to apply to 

268 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Mrs Chivers upon this business and report her 
Ansi" at a Vestry to be summoned for Sunday, the 
14^ inst., at one o'clock.' " 

(Signed by the Ch: Wardens, Overseers, 
Surveyors and others, 15 in all) 

March 14. '' Mr Chittenden attended and reported 
Mr Rice's Ans^ from Mrs Chivers, w*** was *that 
she had altered her mind respecting the offer 
formerly made for Building a Poor House, and 
therefore did not think proper to have anything 
whatever to do in the business.' In consequence 
of w** Ans*" it was resolved that application should 
be made to Mr Rice for a piece of ground to Baild 
the same upon, and that he be particularly re- 
quested to attend a Vestry, summoned to be held 
on Sunday, 21^^ March." 

(Signed by ChiWardens and others.) 

March 21. " Mr. Rice, in consequence of applica- 
tion being made to him for a piece of land to build 
a Poor House upon, made an offer of two or three 
spots to the parish for their choice, but after duly 
considering the different circumstances attending 
them, the parishioners fix'd upon a piece of ground 
adjoining the gravel pits as more convenient, but 
it being supposed to be the property of the 
Trustees of the Turnpike, Mr. Holmes was re- 
quested to make application to them to give it to 
the parish to build their Poor House upon, but 
should it be found to be the property of the parish, 
application to be made to Mr Rice for the said 

(Signed Ch: Wardens and others.) 

March 28. " It is now unanimously resolved that 
no Poor House is to be built unless it's intended 
the poor should be let out at a certain stipend p^ 

The Workhouse. 269 

Head p'' Week to a person who will engage to em- 
ploy them in constant work in a Manufactory." 

" Mr Rice having very generously oflfered to give 
the parish the Reversion of a piece of ground, the 
corner of Mr Garrood's field, to build the poor- 
house upon, it was accepted and agreed to make 
application to Mr Garrood for his consent and to 
allow him a proper consideration for the same. 
Resolved the thanks of this Meeting be given to 
Mr Rice for his generous offer." 

ApL 4. '' Application having been made to Mr 
Garrood for the corner of his field, he consented to 
give up his interest therein as now sketched out 
upon the parish paying him Two Guineas per 
annum, w<* was unanimously agreed to." 

Ap. 13. ** A plan was produced for the building of 
a poor-house of the following dimensions : ground 
41 foot in firont out by 20 ft. 4 in. wide, first story 
8 . 6, clean, chamber story 7 . 6, with a curb roof, 
the curb to be 6 ft. 6 in. high. Vestry adjourned 
to 25^." 

Ap. 25. Adjourned to May i^^ 

May I. " Mr Overton, Mr Garrood, and Mr 
Kimber delivered into this vestry their terms for 
building the whole of the poor-house agreeable to 
the plan, etc, produced. Mr Overtons offer being the 
lowest, it was unanimously agreed to, and he was 
desired to deliver in the entire plan as now before us, 
and also sign such an agreement as the parish shall 
think proper for the performance of the contract, 
for w*** business he is to be paid the sum of Two 
Hundred and Twenty pounds, half when the Build- 
ing is covered in, and the other half within one 
month after it is finished. ... In consideration 
of any damage that may be done to Mr Garroods 
crop in the field where the poor-house is to be 

270 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

built, it is agreed to allow him £\. per rod for the 
quantity of land so damaged. It was also agreed 
to choose a committee to superintend the baildingi 
to consist of the following gentlemen, viz., Mr 
Rice, Mr Whitear, Mr Evans, Mr Willis, Mr 
Clarke, and Mr Blachford, and any other of the 
parishioners that think proper to attend, and when 
its necessary to have a Meeting three of the above 
members may proceed to business. It being 
thought necessary that Mr Overton should fix't (»c) 
upon a time for the finishing the building, he 
agreed to compleat the same by Michaelmas Day. 

W°* Kimber, Churchwarden. 
Thos Garrood, Jos Overton, 
John Clarke, Dan Blachford, 

Thos Willis, W» Holmes, 

John Chittenden, Morg"^ Rice." 

J no ArnoU, 
W™ Garrood, 
W Whitear, 
W" Timson, 

May 2. '' A Motion was made by Mr Blachford 
and Seconded by Mr Avam that y« Churchwardens 
and Overseers be impowr'd to take a lease of y* 
ground for y« Workhouse from Mr Garrood on 
behalf of themselves, the parish, and their suc- 
cessors comformable to y« agreement with y« said 
Mr Garrood by y® Vestry holden 4^ Apr 84." 

March 26. '' A proposal was made by Mr Esten on 
behalf of Mr Evans to farm the poor of the parish 
when the poor-house is finished, upon the same 
terms other parishes allow him for the main- 
tainance of their poor, upon this promise, viz., 
that he is to have the liberty of putting the poor 
of Beddington and Sutton parishes into the same 
house with them, so far as the house will with 
convenience accommodate them, as shall appear 
agreeable to the Committee for regulating the 

The Workhouse. 


Oct. 13. '' Mr. Kimber moved that an oak fence 
of five foot to be put up by contract be ordered by 
the Vestry, which after debate was withdrawn." 

Oct. 18. For the purpose of appointing a Com- 
mittee for the management of the parish. 

" A Motion was then made and seconded that a 
Committee be appointed for that purpose, which 
upon a debate and a division of 12 to 8 was 
carried in the affirmative. 

Thos Whitear (Overseer), 
Morg» Rice, 
W" Timson, 
John Browne, 
Jos Turpin, 
Jos Overton, 
M«s/ : J no Avarn, 
John Cover, 
W™ Carrood, 
J no Loringe, 

" A Motion was then made and seconded that 
the gentlemen remaining upon the Committee for 
the superintending the building of the workhouse, 
together with the overseers and Churchwardens 
for the time being, be such Committee, with power 
to employ the poor of this parish as they may 
deem most conducive to their benefit, and for the 
advantage of the parish, with power to enter into 
any contract with any person or persons for that 
purpose for any time or term not exceeding three 
years. Any vacancy happening in the said com- 
mittee to be filled up by the Vestry at large." 

Dec. 14. The Committee for regulating the poor- 
house made a report of their having contracted 
with Mr Evans for the maintainance of the poor to 
commence at Christmas. First for three years as per 
an agreement entered into by him with the parish. 

Thos. Grimstone, 
Dan Blachford, 
Peter Frost, 
John Chittenden, 
R. D. Bayley, 
Jno Humphries. 
Isaac Wood, 
Jno Betts, 
Wn Tyrrell, 
John Gibsin." 

272 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

"A Motion being made by Mr Rice that the 
thanks of this Vestry be given to Mrs Chivers 
for her handsome gift of twenty-five pounds to- 
wards building the poor-house, it was ananimously 
carried in the affirmative." 
1785, March 3. " The Committee appointed to inspect the 
poor-house laid before the Vestry sundry bills for 
work done to the poor-house over and above the 
sum contracted for as under, viz., Jos Overton, 
3^42 . 3 . 3i; Jos Ladd, ;fi8 . 15 . 5; Sam Chalklin, 
jf 7 . 4 . 1 ; Edwd Terry, jf 5 . 10 . 6J, which Bills 
were ordered to be paid." 

''Complaints being made by the poor of the 
badness and insufficiency of their provisions, the 
Committee are requested to attend and inspect the 



Oct. 25. "The Committee appointed by the 
Vestry met, when the contract with Messrs Evans 
and Esten respecting the maintainance of the parish 
poor was compleated and signed." 

Oct. 26. The above confirmed by Vestry. 

" Mr. John Stracey and W°^ Holmes nominated 
to fill vacancies on the Committee, Mr Thos Willis 
and John Brown having resigned." 
1786, April 18. " The conveyance of the ground upon 
which the workhouse was built was executed by 
Morgan Rice, Esq, as a firee gift to the parish." 



;^ S. d. 

Mr Overton per Con- 
tract - 
Mr Overton Bill - 
Mr Chalklin • 
Mr Perry 
Mr Ladd 

270 o 

44 15 
7 4 
5 10 

18 15 




Mr Harrison - 
Mr Grimstone 
Mr Garrood - 
Morris Taylor work 

£ s. d. 

I 13 9 

o II 
338 10 9 

The Workhouse. 273 

i s. 


Mrs Chivers donated 

- 25 

Mr Whitear for Gravel - 

- 8 


Mr Morgan Rice for Gravel 

- 2 6 


Mr Amoll for Gravel 

- 13 


Mr Whitear for Herdels - 



(Note. The remainder was paid oat of the Poor 

jiimary of the minute-book of the poor-house 


1814 — 1824. 

I14. Any of the inmates going to work must bring the 
Mistress two-thirds of what they earn. Benj. 
Booker to have a loan of ^5 to buy a horse, repay- 
ments at rate of ^i per month, overseers to hold 
horse as security. 

16. The bed belonging to the late Ann Bartlett was 
ordered to be delivered up to Ann Careless, her 
daughter, agreeable to a resolution of a Committee 
of February 6, 1806. 

(Ten years to carry out a resolution !) 

17. Sarah Penfold was permitted to take away a small 

box and some other things of little value, given her 
by Elizabeth Hayward (who lately died in the 
poor-house), on paying the sum of i/- by way of 
acknowledgment for the same, and to show the 
right of the parish thereto. 

The poor-house barrow having been stolen, 10/- 
offered for its recovery, and one guinea on convic- 
tion of the thief. 

[9, OcU 7. On account of the boundaries of the parish 
being perambulated this day there was no Com- 
mittee. (Probably engaged at "The Mitre" or 
-'Rising Sun"!) 

t2. There being three women in the house recently 


274 ^^ History of TooHng-Graveney. 

delivered of illegitimate children, the officers were 
recommended *^ to procure a party-coloured gown 
for them to wear as a punishment for their offence, 
as was formerly the custom in this parish." 

Mrs Wright having resigned the position of 
Mistress, Esther Sessions was appointed. 
1824. Mrs Sessions resigned and Ann Thomas elected in 
her place. 

Summary of the Poor Rate Minute-Book. 

1825— 1834. 

1826. Resolved ''that four men in the poor-house be 
appointed to perambulate the roads from half-past 
eight o'clock in the morning to sunset, to prevent 
all gambling, remove all vagrants, and to sweep 
the following crossings daily when necessary, to 
take the duty alternately two by two per week 
according to the following regulations : The man 
who takes the south end of the parish, the crossing 
opposite Mr Proctor's, Wm Strachan's, the * Rising 
Sun,' Mr Clark's, Mr Burst's and Mr Lord's ; the 
other man opposite Mr Stevenson's, Mr C Chap- 
man's, Mr Winder's to the Merton Road, Gamtt 
Lane, and any other places where necessary." The 
following persons were directed to perform the 
duty: Thos Gunter, Robt Elmore, Edmd Best, 
Wm Tyrrell. " Church Lane as far as the church 
to be swept every Saturday afternoon." 

1828. Mrs Thomas, late mistress of the poor-house, being 
deceased, Mrs Agnes Lomas, having 5 votes out of 
7, was elected at the usual salary of £21 .0.0. 

1831. 20/- given to Wm Hiscock to buy a donkey and 
harness to enable him to support his two children. 

1832. Edward Prestridge, junr, allowed 2/- and a tub (a 

The Workhouse. 275 

very primitive water-cart) to water the roads with. 
William Cutler 2/6 and an old police coat. A 
curtain was ordered for the committee-room. 

1833. Resolved that this committee do request the use 
of the charity school-room and committee-room 
every evening. (The next meeting was held there.) 
The man who was provided with a tub was ordered 
6 loaves, but he refused them ; he was also offered 
work at 1/6 per day, which he refused ; he returned 
to the charge, however, asked for relief, but was 
refused, he having refused to work and being inso- 
lent. John Barleycorn, junr, refused relief being 
intoxicated. Prestridge got an order to work, but 
asking for relief was refused, and so declined to 
work. Francis Miles refused relief being intoxicated. 
James Fletcher refused relief for being intoxicated 
on Sunday. A sub-committee appointed to examine 
into the expenditure of the poor-house, reports as 
follows : '' That the allowance of bread to the men 
be reduced to 12 oz. per day, on trial for one month. 
That the allowance of beer to adults be reduced to 
i^ pints per day. That all articles required for 
the poor-house and its Mistress, except those con- 
tracted for, shall only be supplied upon the order 
signed by two of the overseers." 

Christmas Contracts: 

Bread, Watkinson and Piper, id. a loaf under 

(regular price). 
Beef i\ lb. ) „ Butter ^\ lb. ) „^ , . 

Mutton 5 lb. ; ^^^^^' Cheese 4^ lb. | Watkmson. 
Milk 10^ gal. Bamett. 

1834. Wm Wren, Oatmeal 1/6 per gall. 

Thos Watkinson, Pale Yellow Soap 56/- cwt. 

„ „ Candles 6/- doz. 

Thos Hicks, Beer 17/6 per barrel. 

276 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Widow Fruin having carried provisions oat of the 
poor-house, resolved that she be not allowed to go 
out again for a fortnight. People having orders for 
bread had used them for other purposes. The 
Committee decide that in future only bread shall 
be given for such orders. Widow Pickett made 
complaint against Jas Dale for striking her in the 
poor-house. Referred to the magistrate Dale was 
discharged from the poor-house next week. 

Summary of Poor Rate Minute-Book. 

1834— 1836. 

1834. John Hall having broken two ribs and his collar- 

bone, relieved with 3^3. The Committee went to 
the poor-house to investigate the quantity of bread 
used there, and decided that the Vestry most 
instruct the contractor to deliver in 4 lb. loaYes, 
and flour in not less than half sacks. 

1835. Isaac Ardley (? if the overseer in 1824) relieved 
with 2 loaves. 

W Hiscock (see ante) gets 50/- to buy a donkey, 
cart and vegetables. Mr AUshom allowed one 
guinea for his trouble in consequence of the com- 
mittee meeting at the Schoolhouse. John Groves, 
who stated that he had been robbed of the 20/- 
given him at the previous meeting, receives lo/-. 
He gets 10/- the next week, and promises not to 
claim again for a year. Edward Haynes asked for 
relief to bury his child, but he earning 21/- per 
week is refused. The cost of provisions this year 
was bread per 4 lb. loaf 5 J, mutton 5 J lb., beef 3*^ lb., 
butter 8<^ lb., oatmeal 19/- cwS beer per barrel 14/-, 
candles 5/6 doz., soap 5J, cheese 5**, milk i/- gal. 
The Beadle to have 4/- for his attention to the 

1836. The Vestry Clerk was instructed to write to the 

The Workhcmse. 277 

Board of Guardians to say that the contracts expire 
on Midsummer Day next (10 days from meeting). 
The Overseers were instructed to take care of the 
Pall in the workhouse, as it was given for the 
use of the poor of the parish. The Overseers to 
take charge of and remove a trunk containing 
wearing apparel, also a book, silver spoon, and 
2 wedding-rings now at the workhouse, and report 
the circumstances to the next Vestry. Two letters 
from the Board of Guardians were read requiring 
returns to be made to the next meeting. The Vestry 
Clerk was desired to make the necessary returns, and 
Mr Marchant was requested to present the same. 

Summary of Vestry Minutes. 
1838— 1841. 

838. The poor-house offered to be let at ^36 per annum. 

839. Reduced to 3^26. 

840. The poor-house to be sold. 

841. A Vestry was held on 2nd October, to take into 

consideration the disposal of the Workhouse. Re- 
solved '' that the Board of Guardians be requested 
to sell by Auction, and to place in the hands of 
Benjamin Field, their clerk, the Original Convey- 
ance, dated April 18, 1785, under which the property 
is held by the Parish, in order to its being submitted 
by them to the Poor Law Commissioners accord- 
ing to their instructions, dated 16 April, 1841." 

Resolved '' that the Churchwardens be author- 
ized, and they are hereby authorized to place the 
above mentioned deed of conveyance in the hands 
of the Guardians." 
841. At a meeting of Ratepayers and Owners of 
Property in the parish entitled to vote by virtue of 
an Act in the 5th year of William IV., entitled "An 
Act for the Amendment and Better Administration 

278 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

of the Laws Relating to the Poor in England 
and Wales/' held Dec 23, 1841, it was resolved 
by a majority of such ratepayers present in person 
or (as respects owners) by proxy at such meeting, 
that this meeting do consent to the Guardians 
of the Poor of the Wandsworth and Clapham 
Union selling the premises described in the 
margin thereof, under the provisions of an Act 
passed in the 6th year of the reign of his late 
Majesty King William IV., entitled " An Act to 
Facilitate the Conveyance of Workhouses and other 
Property of the Parish, of the Incorporations or 
Unions of the Parishes in England and Wales in 
such Manner and subject to such Kules, Orders, and 
Regulations touching such Sale, the Conveyance of 
such Property and the Application of the Prodace 
arising Therefrom for the Permanent Advantage 
of this Parish as the Poor Law Commissioners shall 
in that Act direct." 




Joseph Proctor - 

- 2 


Jno Chapman 

- 5 


W™ Williamson - 



Robt Clarke 

- I 


S. C. Lord - 

- I 




6 = if 


John Marchant - 

* • 



Alfred Smith 




W" Penfold 




T. Littlejohn 




4= 4 
Majority for Sale - - ii 

The Workhouse, 


Description of premises : 

A piece or parcel of Freehold ground with the 
WorkboQse thereon, in the parish of Tootii^- 
Graveney, situate on the West Side of the High 
Rd leading from Tooting to Mitcham, containing 
by estimation one rood and one perch. 

(Note. This is the bonse (see illustration dn 
p. 257) which has been used as indicating the 
abode of Defoe in 1688, and yet it was boilt in 
1784. Verb, sap.) 



Anderson, Rev. W., D.D., boni 1816, died 1895. Dr. Anderson vas 
boin at Skene, in Aberdeenshire, coming from a good old PRsb;- 
terian stock. He was left an orphan in earif life, and brought up by 
two uncles. At the University of Aberdeen he distinguished himself 
by his proficiency in logic and moral philosophy. His theol<^c^ 
course iras taken at Glasgow, but he did not assume ministerial duties 
at oace ; his ready pen was devoted to the controversy generally 
known as "The Morisonian." In 1S52 he was ordained minister of a 
congregation at Som, and married a daughter of Mr. John Hendry. 
After a great financial loss by the failure of a bank, he removed 10 
Tooting-Gravcney, and accepted the charge of the congregation of 
Dissenters, where, in the chapel in the High Street, he laboofcd 
for twenty-eight years ; but, then, after a protracted law-suit,* be 
gave up the church and mause, and removed his congregation to the 
Vestry Hall, where he continued until his death in 1895. He look 
great interest in the Vestry, and was a member for many years. He 
was also a local manager of the Board-School in Tooting-Graveoey ; 
and those associated with him in woifc can testify to the ability with 
which he entered into his many duties. 

Bateuan, Sir James (died 1718), Sheriff of London and Middlesex, 
1701, taking the place of Sir Peter Floyer, Kt, Goldsmith, who died ia 
office, at which time Bateman was amemberof theLorinersCompaoyi 
Lord Mayor, 1716-17, and a member of the Fishmongers. Sir Jamts 
was the son of Joas Bateman. who came from Flanders. He was M.P. 
for Ilchester, Alderman of Coleman Street Ward, Governor of the 
Bank and the South Sea Company. He married Esther, the y< 

* See Chapter on Disientiug Churches. 

Biography. 28 1 

daughter of John Searle ; she died in 1709.^ He died in 17 18, and 
wais interred in great state at night (November 19), his corpse being 
attended by twenty coaches or more, with six horses each, and several 
mourners on horseback, and about 100 flambeaux.f His son, William, 
sometime M.P. for Leominster, was created in 1725 Baron Culmore 
and Viscount Bateman (Peerage of Ireland), and in 1731 a Knight ot 
the Bath. He died in 1744, and was succeeded by his son, John, 2nd 
Viscount, and M.P. for Woodstock, who died without issue, and the 
estates passed to his cousin, William Hanbury, grandson of Anne, the 
eldest daughter of Sir James Bateman. He was created Baron Bate- 
man (Peerage of the United Kingdom), and died in 1845, and was 
succeeded by his son William, the present peer. 

Bolton, Sir William, Alderman, was Sheriff of London and 
Middlesex in 1660 ; Lord Mayor, 1666-67. He was a member of the 
Merchant Taylors Company, and came from Cheshire. The immortal 
Samuel Pepys, in his Diary,^ December 3, 1667, says : ** Sir Richard 
Ford this evening told us an odd story of the baseness of the late Lord 
Mayor, Sir William Bolton, in cheating the poor of the city out of the 
collections made for the people that were burned, of ;£ 1,800, of which 
he can give no account, which is the greatest piece of roguery that 
they say was ever found in a Lord Mayor." 

In the Calendar of State Papers, 1667-68, p. 416 : 

" Petition of Sir William Bolton, Alderman, and late Lord Mayor of 
London, to the King, to call to account the Lord Mayor, etc., for their 
unjust proceedings in deposing him from his place as Alderman, and 
questioning him on his accounts of the moneys raised for relief of 
sufferers from the fire, although that cause is depending before the 
Commissioners for charitable uses. This malice arises from his 
Majesty's recommendation of him as Surveyor-General for rebuilding 
the city.** 

BowDEN, Rev. James, bom 1745, died 1812. Originally a minister 
at Fareham, he came to London in 1775 ; and in January, 1776, being 
on a visit to Tooting, was invited by Dr. Wilton to occupy his pulpit ; 
and. Dr. Wilton having accepted another pastorate, he was invited to 
take charge of the Independent cause in the High Street. In 1793 his 
daughter, aged 17 years, died, and he preached her funeral sermon. 
A copy of the second edition tide-page is as follows : 

** The Hand of God acknowledged in the Loss of en- | deared Rela- 
tives, and such affecting Dispensations | improved. 

♦ See p. 32. t MisUf Journal^ November 22, 1718. 

X Edited fay Wheatley. London, 1894-97. 9 vols. Bell.; 

282 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

A I Seimon | occasioned by the much Lamented death of | Flinhetfc 
Bowden | who departed this Life November 15, 1793 I ^^ Sevcnteeo 
Years | Preached at | Lower Tooting, in Sorry | November 24, 1793 1 
By James Bowden | * I was dumb ; I opened not my month becane 
Thou didst it ' | Psa. xxxix. 9 | ' The Lord gave and the Lord haA 
taken away, blessed be | the name of the Loid' | Job i. 21 | Pidilisbed 
at the request of many who heard it | Second Edition | Londflo | 
Sold by J. Johnson St Paul's Ch Yard and C. Dilly | in the Poi^ | 
Price Ninepence," | 40 pp^ crown 8vo. ; dated in Pre£Eu:e, Dec 5, 1793, 
sigs. a, b, c. 

This daughter was of great help to her mother, who kepi a 
boarding-school in the parish, and from the account of her in the 
Evangelical Magazine would appear to have been of a singuhriy 
spiritual temperament. In 1795 ^^ ^^^ ^ son, Thomas, upoD the 
death of whom a funeral sermon was published. In 1797 Mr. 
Bowden founded the Surrey Mission, and to the day of his death 
took great interest in the work of the society. About 18 10 internal 
dissensions took place in the congregation, and a few of its membeis 
set themselves in opposition to the pastor. This he took very modi 
to heart, and at the same time his wife, who had been the hard-worfciog 
mistress of a private boarding-school, began to be troubled with ber 
sight. Entries in his diary show that he suffered a deal in spirit at 
this time; and in 18 12, finding that a church meeting was being caDed 
by the deacons unknown to him, he resigned the pastorate, preaching 
his last sermon on February 23. During the next two months he 
preached in various parts of the country, and on April 5 he left Tootiog 
in his usual state of health to preach at Hanmiersmith for Mr. Raffles. 
His text was, *' Submit yourselves unto God." After about twenty 
minutes he was seized with an apoplectic fit, and expired the foDov- 
ing morning. He had intended to have preached from the test, 
*' Behold, I am at the point to die," but altered the text at the last 

Mr. Bowden, in his shorthand Diary, 1777, bears testimony to the 
air of Tooting. He had been on a visit here for some time, and bad 
recovered his health, so that he was enabled to preach. He says : '^I 
performed the journey from London to Fareham in a single horse 
chaise, in stormy weather and alone, with more ease than I could haie 
expected ; but I had not come in view of the sea from a little out of 
the town before I felt the return of the oppression on my lungs, 
attended with the relaxation of my nerves. Tliese efiects of the sea 
air prevailed so much that the short sermon I preached on the next 
day was delivered with great difficulty, and two da]^s after I appeared 
like a person in decline." He lived at Tooting thirty-six years. 

Biography. 283 

His son Richard edited a volume of *' Sermons and Remains,'*^ 8vo., 
selected from his MS., which was reviewed at length in the Evangelical 
Magaxine^ 1814, p. 352. 

His wife Deborah, bom 1746, died 1820, aged 73, at the residence 
of her son-in-law, the Rev. David Washboume, Hammersmith. Her 
funeral sermon was preached by Dr. Walter, at Hammersmith. 

Three generations of the Bowdens are interred in a large vault in 
the old part of the churchyard — viz.. Rev. James Bowden, for thirty- 
five years minister of the dissenting congregation in the village, 
April 6, 1812, aged (i^ ; Deborah, his wife, January 27, 1820, aged 73 ; 
Rev. Richard Bowden, their son, January 20, 1830, aged 55 ; Richard 
Callow Bowden. son of Richard, 1866, aged 68 ; Elizabeth Bowden, 
*S^ 17) I793f whose death occasioned the funeral sermon referred to ; 
Thomas Bowden, aged 10^ 1795, ^ brother of the last named. 

Mr. Bowden also delivered and published a funeral sermon upon 
the death of Master Andrew Lee, October 24, i<'<ii, aged 13 years — 
''The Advantage of an Early Acquaintance with Holy Scriptures." 

De Ludlow, Jane (Joan), the wife of Thomas De Ludlow the 
elder, died 13 14. She was daughter by a second wife of Phillip, last 
Baron Marmion, died 1291. 

De Ludlow, Catherine, daughter-in-law of above. 

De Ludlow, Margaret (bom 1325), daughter of Thomas De 
Ludlow (bom 1300), son of the above-named Jane De Ludlow, and 
therefore her grand-daughter. She married Sir John Dymoke, 
Champion of England, about 1350. He was knighted in 1373, and 
acted as Champion at the coronation of Richard II., although his 
right was disputed by Sir Baldwin de Freville. He died about 1381, 
and his widow put forward her son as Champion at the coronation of 
Henry IV. The son of Freville disputed his claim, but lost the day. 
Lady Dymoke died in 141 7 ; her son died in 1422, having held office 
throagh two reigns, Henrys IV. and V. 

Dymoke, Sir Phillip, son of above, died 1455. 

Dymoke, Sir Thomas (1428-1471) was murdered by Edward IV., 

* Among the subscribers to Mr. Bowden*s volume of ** Remains " 
Mr. Bicknell, junior, Mrs. Sawyer, Mrs. Strachan, R. G. Thomas, 
Esq^ Mrs. Thomas, Rev. J. Tozer. These, the only representatives 
of Tooting-Graveney oot of 174 names, would suggest that the parish 
did not invest very heavily in theology, however good it may have 
The total number of copies subscribed for was 209. The price 

284 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

he having failed with his father-in-law, Lord Wells, to stop his brother- 
in-law, Sir Robert Wells, raising an army in Lincolnshire in the cause 
of Henry VL Both Dymoke and Wells took sanctuary at West- 
minster, but were pardoned. However, after Sir Robert had been 
beheaded on the field of battle at Edgecote, near Stamford, in 1470, 
they were with treachery done to death in 147 1. 

Dymoke, Sir Robert, son of above, was restored to his fothei's 
possessions ; was a Knight, Banneret and Champion at the coronation 
of Richard IIL, Henry VIL, and Henry VIIL, and was Sheri£F of 
Lincolnshire ; died 1546. 

Dymoke, Sir Edward, son of above, was Champion at the corona- 
tions of Edward VIL, Mary, and Elizabeth. 

Dymoke, Robert, son of above, died 158a Being in a weak state 
of health he was brought before the Bishop of Lincoln on a charge 
of recusancy, and died in prison. 

Dymoke, Sir Edward, died 1625, Champion for James L; was sod 
of above, and with him the manor of Tooting-Graveney passed out of 

the family. 

Freeman, Francis, Nonconformist (died 1726), accepted the 
pastorate of the dissenting cause in the High Street in 1696, and con- 
tinued till his death in 1726. Two discourses by him are to be traced 
— "A Sermon on the Uncertainty of the Morrow," 8vo., 1714; and 
"A Funeral Sermon for Mrs. Cecilia Davy," 8vo., 1718. 

The Registers for 1725* record the burial of Francis Freeman. 

Hebdon, Sir John (bom 1621, died 1670), father of John Hebdoo, 
churchwarden, overseer, etc., of the parish. (Tablet in the old church.) 
1663, June. 6. Samuel Pepys in his Diary: ''By and by comes Sir 
John Hebden,t the Russia Resident, to me, and 1 in his coich to 
White Hall to Secretary Morrice^s to see the orders about the Russian 
hemp that is to be fetched from Archangel for our King. Hebden 
to-day in his coach did tell me how he is vexed to see things at Conit 
ordered as they are by nobody that attends to business, but every man 
for himself or his pleasures. He cries up my Lord Ashby to beahnost 
the only man that he sees to look after business ; and with that ease 
and mastery that he wonders at him. He cries out against the King's 
dealing so much with Goldsmiths and suffering himself to have his 

* An error in the entry. 

t Sir John Hebdon had been knighted by Charles II. at Whitehall 
on May 30th of this same year. He had made a fortune in Russia 
by trade. Pepys spells the name Hebden. 

Biography. 285 

Mirse kept and conunanded by them. He tells me also with what exact 
van and order the state of Holland's* stores are kept in their yards, 
ud everything managed there by their builders with such husbandry 
II is not imaginable, which I will endeavour to understand further, if 
[ can by any means learn." 

Henky, Rev. William, bom at Kirkintilloch, near Glasgow, 
\pril 23, 1784. His faiherwas adeacon of the Independent Church in 

that town. At the age of seventeen he joined Robert Haldane's class 
for religious study in Edinburgh ; from there he went to Glasgow to 
finish his^studics, and for some time acted as a 

* Hebdon had been Resident i< 
Proviaccs in 1660. 

the States General of the United 

286 The History of Tooling-Graveney. 

Rev. Mr. Ewing. In 1808 he removed to Stirling, and in 18 16 to Leith. 
In 1822, by the unanimous wish of the congregation, he became the 
pastor of the Tooting-Graveney Congregational Church, and remained 
with them till he died. He was corresponding secretary to the Home 
Mission Society. In 1830 he was taken with a severe illness, which 
tried his Christian fortitude. When visited on one occasion by the Rev. 
Mr. Marsden, the pious clergyman of Tooting Graveney, whose atten- 
tion to him during the whole of his illness was unremitting, he observed 
that "Satan had been casting his fiery darts at him"; adding with 
emphasis, " They have been wtxy Jieryonesy Mr. Marsden remarked 
" that persons in affliction frequently erred in looking for the evidences 
of their Christian character, rather than directly to the Saviour" on 
which Mr. Henry exclaimed, " That is it ! that is it !" And from 
that time the temptation by which he had been assailed seemed 
entirely to leave him. He died March 8, 1839, and was buried on the 
1 5th in the burial-ground at the back of the chapel, where a stone is 
erected to his memory. The Rev. George Clayton, of Walworth, 
delivered the oration, and the funeral sermon was preached by the 
Rev. Dr. Leifchild. 

Kingsbury, William (bom 1744, died 1818), undertook charge of 
the Independent Church for one year, except on the second Lord's 
Day in each month, when Mr. Thawyer took the services, and adminis- 
tered the Lord's Supper. In the Gentleman's Magazine for December, 
1806, his sermon on the death of Mr. Towle, the Minister of Alder- 
manbury Postern Independent Church, was published. 

Lisle, Samuel, D.D., bom 1683. A Dorsetshire man. Educated 
at Blandford and Salisbury, afterwards Wadham College. B.A., 1703; 
M.A., 1706. Goodridge Exhibitioner, 1707. Elected Fellowand received 
orders as Deacon and Priest, 1707. Went as Chaplain to the Levant 
Company in the East, 17 10. Retumed to England, 1719, and became 
bursar of his college. Appointed Chaplain to Baron Onslow, 172a 
Instituted Rector of Holwell, Tooting, and St. Mary Le Bow, in 1721; 
also Domestic Chaplain to Archbishop Wake, by whom, in 1724, he 
was appointed Archdeacon of Canterbury. Rector of Fetcham, 1726; 
Rector of Northolt, Middlesex, 1729. B.D. and D.D. W^arden erf 
Wadham College for five years. Consecrated Bishop of St. Asaph, 
1744, in succession to Bishop Maddox, translated to Worcester. 
Translated to Norwich, 1748, to follow Bishop Gooch, translated to 
Ely. Died at Lisle Street, Leicester Fields, October 3, 1749; buried 
at Northolt. His preferments were rapid and many, and his portrait 
hangs in Wadham College Hall. He published several sermons, hot 
his chief literary work was the collection of inscriptions during lus 

Biography. 287 

Eastern travels. These were published in Edmund Chishall's '* Anti- 
quttates Asiaticae." 

Manduit, Isaac (died 17 17), son of an ejected minister at Anstey, 
Devonshire. He succeeded Dr. Oldfield in 16921 and left in 1696 for 
Long Walk, Bermondsey. While at Tooting he published a discourse 
upon The Trinity. Mr. John Denton gave him this character : ** I 
take modesty and learning to have the ascendant of all his virtues. He 
is never dry nor pumping, but always fiill and glowing. His discourse 
on The Trinity is a matchless piece. He is a solid divine and a good 

Maynard, Sir John (bom 1593, died 1658) second son of Sir 
Henry Maynard, the secretary to Lord Burleigh, who was adviser to 
Queen Elizabeth. This is the same Lord Burleigh whom Macaulay 
in his review of his life by Nares^ used so roughly. 

Sir John entered the Inner Temple in 16 10, but does not appear to 
have practised. He was of weak sight, but danced well, appearing in 
the Court masque on Twelfth Night, 1618-19. He was present at the 
siege of Bergen-op-Zoom. He composed a masque which was per- 
formed at York House, and again at Burley-on-the-Hill, 1624. 

He entered Parliament in 1623-24, as member for Chippenham, for 
which borough he sat in the first Parliament of Charles I., and at the 
coronation was created a K.B., and appointed servant of the Privy 
Chamber, 1624-25. In the next Parliament he sat for Colne. He was 
a follower of Buckingham, and was a political pamphleteer. A dis- 
course published about 1627 brought censure upon him from his patron, 
whom he represented as an enemy of the Society of Jesus. In 1637 
be was the occasion of a row at a bowling-green, he striking Jack 
Craven for not paying a debt, and on Lord Powis interfering, thrashed 
him also. 

When the King (Charles I.) quarrelled with Parliament he was on 
the Parliamentary side, and lent various simis of money towards their 
expenses, so says a contemporary tract (Lcnv^s Subversion), 

He sat in the Long Parliament for Lostwithiel in 1647, and was a 
leader of the Presbyterian party in their struggle with the army, and 
was one of the eleven members charged by Fairfax with disaffection, 
(1647), but was readmitted the same year. On the army securing the 
ascendancy, he was arrested on a charge of levying an armed force 
within the City, and on the Speaker's warrant, sent to the Tower. An 
impeachment followed, 1647-48. In a letter to the Speaker he claimed 

* ** Memoirs of the Life and Administration of William Cecil, Lord 
Bori^iley.'' 3 vols., 1828-32. 

288 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

for himself trial by jury, citing Magna Charta and Petition of Right. 
This claim he also made at the Bar of the House of Lords, and declined 
to kneel or acknowledge their jurisdiction. A fine of £^00 was inflicted, 
and he was remanded to the Tower, from whence he issued several 
protests against the House of Lords having jurisdiction over Com- 
moners. He was shortly after set at liberty, and took his seat in the 
House. In addition to his estate at Tooting, he had one at Waltham- 
stow ; Bradford, Yorkshire ; and Isleham, Cambridgeshire ; and a 
town house in Russell Street, Covent Garden. 

He died on July 29, 1658, and was buried at Tooting-Graveney. In 
the Surveyors' Rate- Book, 1657, his name appears for the last time as 
paying a rate of i. 09. 4., and the following year Lady Maynard,a 
daughter of Sir Thomas Middleton, and niece of Sir Hugh, of New 
River fame, who survived him, is rated at 2. 00. 6. His son, John, also 
appears in this year as rated at 00. 01. 6. ; he was knighted 1660^ and 
died 1664. 

Miles, Dr. Henry, F.R.S., bom at Stroud, in Gloucestershire, 
June 2, 1698. His parents were members of the Church of England, 
but his mind being awakened by serious impressions, after a study of 
the old Puritans, he attended the worship of the Protestant Dissenteis. 
His education was not a liberal one in his early days, but his bent 
was toward study, and especially that of theology. He was chosen 
minister of the Tooting Church (Congregational or Presbyterian) in 
1726, succeeding Mr. Freeman, but was not ordained to the pastoral 
office till 1731* In 1737 he went as assistant to Dr. Chandler, at the 
English Presbyterian Church in Old Jewry, for part of the day, but 
in 1744 gave this up and confined his attention to the church at 
Tooting-Graveney. In 1756 John Beesley was his assistant. He was 
a skilled linguist, well versed in Latin, Greek and Oriental languages, 
and was well acquainted with both sacred and profane authors, and 
had a fine taste for natural history, botany and experimental philo- 
sophy, and for this was elected a member of the Royal Society in 
1743. ^6 wrote several papers on philosophical subjects, but cooki 
not be prevailed upon to publish his sermons, except on occasion of 
a public charity in 1738. The Rev. Dr. Birch in his preface to Mr. 
Boyle's works, after giving an account of some considerable additions 
never before published, informs us '* that the publick owes them to the 
Reverend and learned Mr. Henry Miles of Tooting in Surry and 
F.R .S."; and at the close he adds : **I must not conclude without retim- 
ing my sincerest acknowledgments to Mr. Miles, to whose great laboor, 
judgment and sagacity the conduct and improvements of this edidon 
are chiefly to be ascribed." The University of Aberdeen, in 1744, con- 

Biography. 289 

ferred upon him, without even his knowledge, the degree of D.D. 
He married late in life a lady with a considerable fortune, and she, 
with utmost tenderness and affection, devoted herself and her fortune 
to render his declining days as easy as his increasing weakness and 
bodily infirmities would permit. He died on February 10, 1763, in 
the 65th year of his age, vide "A | Sermon | occasioned by the | Death 
I of the Reverend | Henry Miles, D.D. and F.R.S., | Who departed 
this Life February 10, 1763, | in the 65th year of his age, | Preached 
at I Tooting in Surry, | February 27, 1763, | by Philip Fumeaux. | 
London, | printed byJ.Buckland in Pater-Noster Row; and | J. Waugh 
in Lombard Street, m.dcclxiii,'' | 40 pp. Text, 2 Tim. iv. 7, 8 : '* I 
have fought the good fight,'* etc Also vide Wilson's ''History of Dis- 
senting Churches," vol. ii., pp. 384. 

In the " Philosophical Transactions ^ of 1749 is a letter from Rev. 
H. Miles to the President, on the subject of the earthquake in that 
year. He says : '* The first shock occurred in Februray which shook 
the houses and made the utensils tremble. The second took place on 
March 8 during summer heat. This time people were in bed and they 
distinctly felt their beds shaken from side to side.** 

Mrs. Emma Miles, his widow (died 1790), built the present chapel 
during the ministry of Dr. Wilton, endowing the pastorate with ^£500, 
and it was opened on April 20, 1 766. The garden behind was after- 
wards added and used as a burial-ground. This is now closed. 

17581 the Registers record: ''The Rev. Henry Miles, Doctor in 
Divinity, Bachelor, and Emma Wood, Spinster, both of this parish, 
were married in this church by Licence this 29 Day of Sept., 1758, by 
Thos. Barrow, Curate. Witnesses, John and Mary Beesley." 

Lord North and Grey, the fifth Baron, died 169a He was 
called to the House of Lords as Baron Grey, of RoUeston, co. Stafford, 
during the life of his father. He was succeeeded by his son William, 
who died in 1736. 

Oldfield, Joshua, D.D., second son of the Rev. John Oldfield, who 
was ejected from Carsington, in Derbyshire, by the Act of Uniformity. 
He was bom about 1656, and was one of four brothers, the eldest of 
whom conformed, the others went out. His mother was the sister of 
Mr. Porter, another ejected minister ; she lived to a great age. He 
studied philosophy under Mr. Reyner, of Lincoln, and from thence 
went to Christ's College, Cambridge, and was under Doctors Henry 
More and Ralph Cudworth. He was chaplain to Sir John Gell, and 
afterwards tutor to Mr. Paul Foley, son of Speaker Foley, who offered 
him a church living, but he declined to conform. After this he was 


ago The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

chaplain to Lady Lort. sister of Lady Clinton ; from ibence be went U 
Ireland. His first chat^-e was that of co-pastor with Samuel DooUltle 
to the Rev. John Turner al Leather Lane ; from thence he cam« to 
Tooting, in i6S6, to take charge of the Dissenting Church, and re- 
mained till i5gi, during which time he preached a semion at Gtoctrs" 
Hall before Sir John Shorter, Lord Mayor of London. From Tooling h« 

went 10 Ojcford, then to Coventry, and after that to Maid Lane, whtn 
he finished his life. He taught In schools at various parts of Londo 
and in [707 published a valuable work on "The ImprovemeniofHuiRi 
Reason." Edinburgh granted him his D.D. in 1709. Al the fanta 
Sahers' Hall Synod of [719 he formed the non-subscribing party, U 
presided at their meetings, publishing a pacific discourse upon ll 

Biography, 291 

a view to healing the differences of both parties. He died 
» '729, aged 73 years. His funeral sermons were preached 
is from 2 Tim. iv. 8, and Dr. Hughes, from Isa. Ivii. 2. 
nclude " Christ the Head of Civil Government," 1699 ; 
ief allayed by Public Joy " (no date) ; ** An Essay towards 
ment of Human Reason," 1707 ; " Israel and Judah made 
•m," 1707 ; "Sermon on Death of Rev. Robert Fleming," 
ast Sermon," 1721 ; Discourse on ** God the Father, Son, 

Alderman Samuel, J. P. (bom 1718, died March i, 
to reside in Tooting-Graveney in 1754. By trade he 
X in Foster Lane, Cheapside, a member of the Gold- 
pany, and Alderman of Castle Baynard Ward ; resigned 
^82. In 1776, Alderman Kirkham "being engaged in an 
nilitia," desired to be excused serving the office of Sheriff, 
in Plumbe was nominated instead. During the year 1770, 
of the Goldsmiths' Company, he refused to obey a precept 
or Beckford to convene the livery of the Company to a 
. The Common Sergeant prosecuted on behalf of the 
le case was tried before the Recorder in 1773. (Full 
ven in Hughson's " London," vol. i., p. 60$.) A verdict 
: the plaintiff, and in 1775 the appeal came on before the 
peal at Sergeants' Inn. The case was adjourned to the 
d Lord Chief Justice de Grey, Lord Chief Baron Smythe, 
Iston, and Mr. Justice Ashurst, delivered their judgment, 
that they were unanimously of opinion that the informa- 
neous in many particulars, which they severally specified, 
Alderman Plumbe, by neglecting to summon the livery of 
hs* Company, of which he was Prime Warden, to attend 
eckford, when Lord Mayor, at a common hall, had not 
f any offence against his oath and duty as freeman ; con- 
judgment of disenfranchisement pronounced against him 
's Court by the Recorder was by them reversed.** 
rd Mayor of London, 1778-79, and I find in a small book 
Biography" (London, 1800) the following notes concern- 

lumbe, Esq. Lord Mayor, 1779. He possessed nearly 
ice as old Elves or the son of Bernard. In his Mayoralty 
of the long-tubed fumigating bellows of his gardener to 
zandles in the ball room at the Mansion House, when he 
9ung folks had had dancing enough ; nor could the en- 

19 — 2 

292 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

treaties of his only daughter*^ prevent this ludicrous ezpositioii. His 
answer was, however, paternal : ' A*nt it all for to make yoo good 
weight ?* ** 

Another story told of him is, that during the year Sir William Pknier 
was Lord Mayor the office was disgraced by a boxmg-matdi, oca* 
sioned by a dispute about a few pence on the subject of a pot-hoose 
reckoning. Alderman Plumbe having given Plomer the lie. Sir 
William complimented him with two black eyes. It was made the 
subject of a humorous caricature.t 

He died at his town house in Golden Square. Mrs. Plumbe died, 
aged 85, on April 18, 181 1. 

RoPER-CuRZON, Hon. Sidney Campbell Henry, seventh son o» 
the 14th Baron Teynham. Bom 18 10; married, 1837, Francis, daogbtcr 
of Richardson Purves, Esq., of Sunbury Place, Middlesex ; she died 
1892. Lived at Grove House (now St. LeonardsX and died 1882. 

Venables, William, Alderman of the Ward of Queenhidie. 
Admitted a Freeman of the City in 1810 ; to the Livery (Stadonerf 
Company), 1814. Served the office of Sheriff, 1821-22, and Loid 
Mayor, 1825-26. He also sat for the City in Parliament He resided 
at Hill House, Church Lane, and died in 184a 

Waraker, Rev. J. Thomas, Pastor of the Congregational Churdi, 
1 842-52. " On Thursday, May 19, the Rev. J. T. Waraker was ordained 
to the pastoral charge of the church assembling at Tooting Chapel, 
Surrey. The Rev. J. E. Richards opened the service ; the Rev. ]vl 
Hill, of Clapham, delivered the discourse and asked the usual ques- 
tions ; Rev. Thos. Jackson, of Stockwell, offered the Ordination prayer; 
Dr. Harris, of Cheshunt, delivered the charge ; Rev. J. ChurchiU, of 
Thames Ditton, closed with prayer. In the afternoon more than 100 
persons sat down to dinner at *The Mitre* tavern." — EvongtUcd 
Magaziney September, 1842. 

Wilton, Samuel, D.D., bom in London 1744. His fiither was an 
eminent hosier in Newgate Street. His earliest education was ob- 

♦ Married at Tooting-Graveney, June 10, 1792, to Henry TimsoOf 
Esq. The Registers record the marriage on August 3, 1773, of Jobs 
Rice and Frances Plumbe (she a minor). The writer of ''City 
Biography" had evidently omitted to ascertain if there were any 
daughters already married when he wrote '' only daughter.* * 

t This I have fieuled to trace. 



Biography. 293 

tmined at a ladies' school in Hackney, kept by a maiden aunt. His 
classical learning, in which he became very proficient, was received 
at Christ Church Hospital Grammar School, under the Rev. Mr. 
Townley. In June, 1766, he was ordained to the pastoral office at 
Lower (j<V) Tooting, in succession to the learned Dr. Henry Miles. 
Dr. Kippis delivered the introductory discourse, Dr. Savage gave the 
charge, and Dr. Fumeaux* preached to the people. He was a very 
hard-working minister, both as preacher and visitor of the poor, and 
the church soon increased under his control. He wrote several 
pamphlets, which were well received, and left Tooting in 1776 for 
Weigh House. Overwork undermined his strength, and he died in 
1778, April 3, aged 34 years. He was interred in Bunhill Fields in 
the £unily vault While at Tooting he preached and published a 
sermon occasioned by the death of Mr. Joseph Longhurst, gardener, 
Jime 18, 1769. It contains a very particular and instructive account 
of the life and death of a very worthy man in an obscure situation. 
Also ^ A Review of some of the Articles of the Church of England,^ 
to which a subscription is requited of Protestant Dissenting ministers, 
Svo., 1774. 

Walter Lord, Esq. (died July 4, 1832, aged 72 years), was for 
twenty years churchwarden of the parish. He kept a private school 
at Fairfield House, and was a trustee of the charities, etc, of the parish. 
The Vestry books testify to his great interest in the welfare of the 

S. C Lord, D.D., son of the above, was for sixteen years curate to 
Dr. Ravenhill, and churchwarden 1839-41. A tablet to his memory is 
in the church. 

Mr. William Wombill was a well-known and much-esteemed 
inhabitant of Tooting- Graveney. It will be interesting to the many 
who still remember him to learn that he was bom in 1806, and at an 
early age became a pupil of the celebrated animal painter, J. Baringer, 
of TattersalPs. He competed for and won the first medal of the 
Society of Arts, and during his professional career painted upwards of 
two thousand pictures for the leading nobility and gentry in various 
parts of England. Among his many noble patrons was the famous 
Lord George Bentinck. At Mr. Theobald's famous racing stud, at 
Stockwell, he painted for several years, and it was interesting to hear 

* Both the discourse of Dr. Kippis and the sermon of Dr. Furneaux 
were published in 8vo., 1766. 

294 T^^ History of TooHng-Gravetuy. 

him speak of the celebrated men be came in contact with, sod far 
whom he painted. About the year 1845 tt« came to Tootmg-GmcDeTi 
and at once began to take a great interest in the pariih,udta:oiCT 
forty ye^rs held various appointments in the then little conDttyTiIk(& 
Up to the last he took the deepest interest in the place. He pasMd 
peacefully away on Aut^usi 13, 1891, at the ripe old a^ of 87. 

e of ihe oldest houses in the parish, it having been butt 



The Congregational Church. — Second only to the 
parish charch in the matter of antiquity stands the church 
3f Protestant Dissenters worshipping in the chapel erected 
by Mrs. Emma Miles, in 1766. The congregation was 
'ormed by the Nonconformists of this village in the year 
1688, one of the chief leaders being Joshua Gearing, 
citizen of London, who resided here in a house facing the 
Sreen. He was the maternal grandfather of Calamy, the 
historian of Nonconformity, and was sturdy and true to 
his principles, serving the secular offices of the parish with 
honour and probity, but paying a fine rather than fulfill- 
ing that of Churchwarden, although he was careful to re- 
register his daughter in the church registers, as the church 
in which she was baptized in the City had been burnt in 
:he Great Fire. 

The first pastor was the Rev. Joshua Oldficld, D.D., a 
ion of an ejected minister; a man of great piety and 

The meetings of this body were at first held in a private 
louse, as was the case in many such bodies at that time, 
A-hen persecution was still rife in the land. The Tolera- 
:ion Act of i68g was the dawn of a brighter chapter in 
:he history of Nonconformity. As will be judged by the 
riographies of the various ministers of this body, there 

296 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

does not appear to have been any decided article in the 
constitution of the church, which prevented the congrega- 
tion calling upon either a Presbyterian or Independent to 
take pastoral care. The chief aim of those in fellowship was 
to secure the services of holy and godly men to minister 
to their spiritual needs. Wealthy, or at any rate well-to- 
do inhabitants of the parish, as will be seen from the books 
of records still extant, were members of the congregation. 
The following is a complete list of the pastors. 

(Lysons mentions Matthew Clarke as having been 
pastor, but this is incorrect. He lived here for some years, 
and probably acted as pastor without appointment between 
the death of Francis Freeman and the election of Dr. 


1686-1691. Oldfield, Joshua, D.D. (See p. 297.) 

1692-1696. Manduit, Isaac. (See p. 287.) 

1696-1726. Freeman, Francis. (See p. 284.) From the 

registers he appears to have been buried 

1725, not 1726. 
1731-1763. Miles, Henry, D.D., F.R.S. (See p. 288.) 

He acted as pastor several years before he 

was ordained. 
1764-1765. Kingsbury, Wm. (See p. 286.) 
1766-1776. Wilton, Samuel, D.D. (See p. 292.) 
1776-1812. Bowden, James. (See p. 281.) 
1813-1822. Tozer, J. 

1822-1839. Henry, Wm. (See p. 285, and portrait.) 
1840-1842. Taylor, J. 
1842-1852. Waraker, J. T. 
1852-1861. Thomas, F. F. 
1861-1889. Anderson, Wm., D.D. (See p. 280.) 
1889-1893. Mearns, A. 
1893 . Allen, Bevill. 

By the favour of the deacons of the church, I am en- 

Dissenting Churches. 297 

abled to supply the following notes, taken from their 
minute book : 

At a church meeting held on the 2nd day of January, 1842, 
in the Vestry of Tooting Chapel, it was proposed and 
carried unanimously: ''That we as a Church being 
assembled I after due notice being given of the object for 
which we are met, do respectfully and cordially invite 
Mr. Waraker to take the pastoral office." (He came from 
Cheshunt College.) 

Among those who were members, there was Mr. Foster, 
died, 1845 ; Mrs. Foster, died, 1844 ; Mr. Garrood ; Mr. 
Josh. Gates, and Mr. Marchant. In 1845, the members' 
pence was divided between the Surrey Mission and the 
Home Missionary Society. In 1847 it was decided to 
either elect new managers or deacons in their stead. The 
deacons first elected were Messrs. J. Marchant, £. Medcalf, 
£. E. Porter, and J. G. Smith. In 1848 it was decided that 
any member absenting him or herself from the Lord's Table 
for six months, except from illness or absence from home, 
or any unavoidable cause, shall be considered to have 
resigned membership. 1850. The members' pence divided 
between the Surrey Mission and incidental expenses ; in 
1851 devoted to lighting the chapel with gas. 

Mr. Lucas offered to redeem his annual rent charge of 
jf 10, in order to aid in the erection of a dwelling-house 
for the minister. Meeting concurred. Mr. Waraker re- 
signed the pastorate, going to Maitland, South Australia. 
In 1852 the Rev. F. F. Thomas, of Whitchurch, Hants, 
was elected pastor. Mr. Thomas desired to be absent 
five Sabbaths in the year. The congregation agreed to 
provide a substitute without any further call on the inci- 
dental expenses. The members' pence fund devoted 
towards the cost of the iron palisades which replaced the 
brick wall 

In a list of ** The stated and occasional members of the 
Church of Christ at Tooting-Graveney, in the county of 

298 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Surrey," there are the following names, which occur in 
the pages of this work : 

James Graham, died 1769, aged 77 years, 11 months, 
and 9 days ; James Graham, died 1777 ; Joanna Croger, 
died 1792 ; Mary Tamplin, died 1773 ; Emma Miles, died 
1790 ; Joseph Longhurst, died 1769 ; Catherine Bond, 
senr., died 1770 (the family removed to Clapham); 
James and Frances Bicknell suspended '' for an unbecom- 
ing walk and conversation," John Croger ; Rev. James 
Bowden and Deborah Bowden, his wife ; John Marchant; 
Mr. Gibling ; Mr. Garrood, died 1843. 

Among those buried in the chapel ground are Miss 
Kezenhass^^ Howard, died 1851 ; Mr. E. C. Porter (a 
deacon), died 1848 ; Thurza Rose, died 1847 ; Mary East- 
land, died 1849 5 Wm. Lee (son of Rev. W. Lee) died 

In the Baptismal Register appears the following : 

William Philips, son of William Philips by Elizabeth, 
his wife, bom Feby. 21st, 1767, in the evening, in the 
parish of Mitcham, according to the method used by the 
Antipaedobaptists solemnly devoted to God by prayers 
and named, July 23, 1767, by me, Samuel Wilton. 

Caroline Bond, daughter of John Bond, Esq., by Sarah 
his wife, was born Dec. ist, 1775, in the parish of St 
Olive, Hart Street, and baptized Dec. 22, 1775, by Samuel 

{Copied from Mr. Wilton's notes by J. Bowden,) 

1879. Dr. Anderson discontinued summoning church 

1881. On the strength of a resolution passed at a * meet- 
ing of the congregation on the 14th February, 1881," the 
Presbytery of London irregularly recognised the congre- 
gation as a constituent part of the Presbyterian Church 
of England. 

1888. In the Court of Chancery, on March i, 1888, Mr. 
Justice Kckewich declared that this property was to be 

Dissenting Churches. 299 

held, used, and enjoyed, as if " no such meeting had been 
held, and no resolution for an admission to the fellowship 
of the Presbyterian Church of England had then, or at any 
time, been passed." 

Now, in regard to the oft-repeated assertion that Daniel 
Defoe (the author of ** Robinson Crusoe ") was the prime 
mover in the formation of a Nonconformist cause in this 
parish, the church was formed in 1688, and Dr. Oldfield 
was its first pastor. Daniel Foe began business in the 
City as a wholesale hosier, in 1685. He was out with 
Monmouth early in the same year. When William of 
Orange came over, in 1689, Foe was one of those who 
rode to meet him, and who afterwards formed part of his 
escort to the city. He became a bankrupt in 1692, after- 
wards living in Bristol. 

Though it has been assumed that Defoe (he adopted 
this form of name later in life) lived in Tooting-Graveney, 
a careful search through all the parish books from the 
date of his birth, in 1661, to that of his death, in 1731, has 
failed to bring to light any record of his having resided in 
the parish. As will be seen from Chapter X., the house 
associated with his name in the various lives published 
in the early part of this century could not have been his 
residence. He certainly may have been a visitor at some 
period to Joshua Gearing, himself a City man, who lived 
here in a house facing the village green. In the absence of 
any proof to the contrary, I am compelled to remove this 
ancient historical landmark, and to deprive the parish of 
any claim upon the memory of the illustrious Daniel. 

The Mission Hall in the Merton Road was at one 
time a Calvinistic Chapel ; it is now a mission hall in 
connection with Miss Bell's work in the district. 

The Gospel Hall in the Longley Road was erected 
in 1884. They have no stated minister. 

Baptist Chapel, Longley Road. — The Baptist 

300 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Chapel in Longley Road was founded in i88o» and a 
schoolroom erected in 1882. Later on, 1884 or 1885, an 
iron church was added, and now stands. The first pastor 
was the Rev. J. T. Witney, who left in 1886, and was 
succeeded by the present pastor, the Rev. G. Hunt 
Rumsey, in 1888. A Sunday-school is held in the original 

Providence Strict Baptist Chapel, the Grove.— 
The congregation was formed and chapel erected in 1862. 
The first pastor was Mr. Hy. Welch; Mr. G. W. 
Crutcher is the present pastor. 



The following letter, addressed to the Vestry of Tooting- 
Graveney, sums up in a few words the details of the last 
attempt to encroach upon the rights of the parish to the 
Tooting-Graveney Common. Those readers who have 
closely followed " The Manorial and Vestry " chapters of 
this work will see that to the last the inhabitants of this 
village asserted their rights to the use of the common, 
and were in 1870 just as eager to sustain those rights as 
they were in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. 

28, Bedford Row, Londok, W.C, 
^k Augmi, 187a 

We have been requested to prepare and forward 
you the following Report of the circumstances attending 
the attempted Inclosure of Tooting-Graveoey Common 
by the Lord of the Manor. 

In 1861 Mr. Thompson became purchaser of the Manor 
(together with seven Copyhold Houses or Cottages pro- 
ducing a net rental of about ^loo a year) for the sum of 
^3,650. Within three months after the completion of 
the purchase Mr. Thompson applied to the Inclosure 
Commissioners for an Inclosure of the Common under 
their then existing powers (new abolished, so far as the 

302 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Metropolitan Commons are concerned, by Act of 
Parliament). The object of this application was stated 
by Mr. Thompson to be "to render the Common more 
productive and possibly for building purposes." Three 
preliminary meetings were held, but the Commissioners 
never accorded their sanction, and the Steward of the 
Manor (Mr. Bird) admitted before the Committee of the 
House of Commons in 1865 that the Commissioners had 
*' a strong feeling" against the proposed Inclosare. In 
the summer of 1863 a Committee of Gentlemen, acting 
on behalf of the Inhabitants opposing the proposed 
Inclosure, invited Mr. Thompson to join in a scheme 
under which the Common should be managed entirely in 
the interest of the Inhabitants, the Committee under- 
taking to reimburse Mr. Thompson his purchase-money 
with interest and expenses. This proposal Mr. Thomp- 
son declined, and the sum of £30,000 was mentioned as 
the value of his purchase. Several actions at law were 
subsequently commenced by Mr. Thompson with a view of 
maintaining his right to inclose the Common without the 
assistance of the Inclosure Commissioners or of Parlia- 
ment or the sanction of the Commoners. Much negocia- 
tion and correspondence then ensued, but without any 
definite arrangement being come to, and meanwhile Mr. 
Thompson in November, 1865, took the law into his own 
hands by inclosing 25 acres of the Common without any 
sanction or agreement whatever, and in spite of written 
protests to the contrary. Matters remained in that 
unsatisfactory condition till the 22"^ May, 1868, when a 
Public Meeting was held at the Infant School Rooms, 
Broadway, Tooting-Graveney, in compliance with a 
requisition addressed to the Rector and Churchwardens, 
and signed by a numerous and influential body of 
Parishioners and others interested in the Common, " to 
consider the recent Inclosures by the Lord of the Manor 
and to discuss what measures, if any, ought to be taken 




Belts V. Thompson. 303 

with reference to that Inclosure." The meeting was 
numerously attended and a Committee appointed ''to 
protect the rights and interests of the Commoners and 
Inhabitants of Tooting-Graveney in the Common and 
waste lands of the Manor, with authority to take such 
measures to that end as they may be advised." In the 
month of June following the obnoxious fence was broken 
through in several places,* Actions of trespass were com- 
menced by the Lord of the Manor, and on the lo^^ July 
following a Bill was filed by Mr. Thomas Betts, on behalf 
of himself and all other freehold tenants of the Manor 
and all other owners of freehold lands and tenements 
within the Ambit of the Manor entitled to Commonable 
rights, against Mr. W. J. Thompson, the Lord of the 
Manor, with a view of having the rights of all parties 
£Eurly and judiciously determined and of abating the 
Inclosure attempted by the Lord. The Defendant filed 
his Answer on the 15^** February, 1869, and the Cause 
came on for hearing before the Master of the Rolls on 
the 8^ June last and four subsequent days. The Judge 
reserved his decision, and finally on the 21^^ July last he 
pronounced a Decree in favour of the Plaintiff in the 
terms of the Prayer of the Bill, with Costs against the 

A Public meeting was held at the Infant Schoolrooms, 
Tooting-Graveney, on the 2°** instant, when among other 
resolutions the enclosed was passed unanimously. 

We are, Gentlemen, 

Your obed^ Servants, 

Gadsden & Treherne, 

PlaintifTs Solicitors. 

* About the year 1869 V^^ ^^ Tooting-Graveney common was en- 
closed by posts and iron railings, the furze cleared ofT, ground levelled, 
and oats sown. When the oats blossomed, notice was given that the 
pabUc would enforce their rights. At a given day and hour the inhabi- 
tBBts assembled with their cattle, one of the posts nearest Streatham 

304 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Proposed by Mr. Thom 
Seconded by Mr. Alston 
and carried unanimously, 

That this meeting remembering the jealous care 
with which this parish has from time immemorial guarded 
the common from spoliation as evidenced by frequent 
entries in the Vestry Books, and in particular by the spirited 
and successful action taken by the parish authorities in 
1815 to prevent the then attempted inclosure by the Lord 
of the Manor, would earnestly impress upon the Church- 
wardens and other the parish authorities the importance 
of summoning a vestry meeting for the purpose of record- 
ing in the Vestry Books their approval of the suit so 
successfully prosecuted by Mr. Betts* for the preservation 
of the Common, and their determination to resist by all 
lawful means in their power any further attempts at 
aggression on their rights. 


Copy — Resolution passed at a meeting of the General 
Committee of the Tooting-Graveney Common Preserva- 
tion Society held on the 7* of February, 1872, at which 
the following Gentlemen were present, namely, Mr. Henry 
Doulton in the Chair, Mess" Thom, Treherne, Brown, 
Martin, Betts, Barringer, Norris & the Secretary. 

It was proposed by Mr. Thom : 
Seconded by Mr. Treherne & carrried unanimously : 
That the Committee recognising the special importance 
to the parishioners of Tooting-Graveney of having their 

Lane (Tooting-Bec Road) was sawn through at the surface of the 
ground, and kicked inwards, then the cattle were driven in. There 
was no disturbance, the police present taking the names and addresses 
of those immediately concerned. 

♦ The case was tried before Lord Romilly, Master of the Rolls ; the 
late Lord Selbome, then Sir Roundell Palmer, Mr. Joshua Williams, 
Q.C., and Mr. A. P. Whateley were for the plaintiff. 

Belts V. Thompson. 


Common preserved free from Inclosure as evidenced by 
the firequent entries recorded in the Vestry Minutes of 
the jealous care with which they for centuries have opposed 
any attempt at inclosure shall request the Churchwardens 
of the parish to summon a special vestry meeting for the 
purpose of obtaining a formal and emphatic expression 
of the satisfaction of the Parishioners at the success of 
Mr. Betts' proceedings and of their desire to afford the 
Committee all possible support and co-operation in their 
endeavours to promote a scheme for finally securing the 
Common for public enjoyment and recreation and that 
with this view the Secretary be requested to forward a 
copy of this resolution to the Vestry Clerk of Tooting- 
Graveney Parish as also a copy of the Judgment of the 
Lord Chancellor* and copies of the report in the local 
paper of the Dinner given to Mr. Betts. 

* Judgment of the Lord Chancellor (Lord Hatherley) August 2, 
1 87 1, on the appeal : Each party to pay their own costs both in action 
and appeal. 






Priors of St Marie Overie who were Rectors of ^^^^| 

Graveney from 1174 to 1540.* ^^^^^M 

1174-11S9. Valerianus. ^^^^| 

1189-1203. William de Oxenford. ^^H 

1203-1205. Richard de St. Mildred. ^^^H 

1205-1206. WJlUam Fitz Samari. ^^^^| 

IZ06-1218. Martin. ^^^^^^^M 

1218-1223. Robert de Oseney. ^^^^^^^H 

Humphrey. ^^^^^^^H 

1240-1253. Eustachius. ^^^^^^^H 

1253-1266. Stephen. ^^^^H 

1266-1283. Alan. ^^^^^H 

1283-1306. Wilham Wallys. ^^^1 

1306-1326. Peter de Cbeyham. ^^^^| 

1326-1331. Thomas de Southwark. ^^^^| 

1331-1348. Robert de Welles. ^^^^| 

1348-1339. John de Peckham. ^^^^| 

1359-1395. Henry Collingbourae. ^^^^| 

1395-1397- Jolin Kyngeston. ^^^| 

1397-1414- Robert Weston. ^^^H 

1414-1452. Henry Werkeworth. ^^^H 

1452-1462. John Bottisham. ^^^| 

* Thompson's " History and Antiquities of St Savioo^^^^^l 

Rectors — Assislaul Curates, 307 

1462-1486. Henry de Burton. 

i486- 1 49 1. Richard Briggs. 

1491-1499. John Reculver. 

1499-1512. Richard Michell. 

1312-1513. Robert Shouldham. 

1513-1540. Bartholomew Linstede, alias Fowle. 

The following have been inducted since the dissolution 
of the monasteries. 

1602. John Bond. 1683. Hon. George Berkeley. 

1613. Henry Byrd, M.A. 1687-1719. Timothy Turner, 
1620. Robt. Maned. M.A. 

1641. Morgan Hopton. 1720-29. Samuel Lisle, D.D. 
1650. Rowland Gawen. 1729-69. Nicholas Brady. 
1661. Benj. Lowell. 1769- Henry Allen, D.D. 

1663. Rich^ Bickley. 1798. Geo. F. Barlow.* 

1800-5. Robert Broadley, B.A. 
1805-33. John Ravenhill, D.D. 
1833-44. J. Buxton Marsden, M.A. 
1844-67. Richard Wilson Greaves, M.A. 
1867-75. John Congreve, M.A. 
1875-80. George Sutton Flack, M.A. 
1880-93. Edward Howard Morton, M.A. 
1893 — . Evelyn Howard Morton, M.A. 


It is impossible to vouch for the exactness of the dates 
preceding these names, as there does not appear to be any 
record kept of the commencement or close of their period 
of service. 

1683. Richard Slater. ^T^l* I*-dw. Ballard. 

1684. Robt. Bayley. 1727. Henry Cotton. 
1689. Jo. Mockmath. (?) 1747* Nich. Brady, Junr. 
1696. Saml. Piggott. i747- Thos. Vincent. 
1724. John Lidgould. 1748. Thos. Barrow. 

* Signs a Churchwarden's Book as *' Rector." 

20 — 2 

3o8 The History of Tooting-Graven^. 


James Lacey. 


Henry C. Deshon. 


Anth. Thomas, LL.D. 


E. R. Moncrieff. 


John Bulman. 


C. E. Ranken. 


F. Haaltain. 


F. A. Johnson. 


G. S. Pender, A.M. 


H. Brass. 


John Jenkins. 


J. Reynolds. 


Benj. Grisdale. 


G. W. Hills. 


Francis Wilson. 


S. Gray. 


Geo. Francis Barlow. 


F. 0. White. 


Thos. R. Wrench. 


S. Swinford. 


John Jas. Watson. 


E. H. Jones. 


H. T. Parker. 


73. W. Tipton. 


Wm. Michell. 


F. L. Goslett. M.A 


W. Rayer. 


J. J. Davies, B.A. 


J. C. E. Graves. 


W. W. White, M.A. 


E. M. Willan. 


G. R. Harrison. 


H. J. Symons, LL.D. 


J. Fagan. 


J. Whelley. 


F. Brindley. 


S. C. Lord, D.D. 


R. S. LovelL 


J. B. Marsden.* 


W. Parry. 

184 1. 

Joseph Ketley. 


W. R. Daine, M.A 


G. M. Brough. 


H. L. Babington. 


(Churchwardens were first appointed by the Synod of 
London, a.d. 1127.) 

1547-50. Thomimas Blake, Wyllym Hodson. 
1551-53. Roger Marshall, Rychart Kynston. 
1641. Charles Allen, John Matthews. 
1645. Charles Allen (signs C. A., his mark). 
1646-50. Edward Sares, Robert Lin. 

1651. George Endebrook, John Couchman. 

1652. George Endebrook, Thomas Brome. 

1653. Thomas Brome, Edward Dudson. 

1654. Edward Dudson, Charles Allen. 

♦ Afterwards Rector. 

Churchwardens. 309 

1655. Charles Allen (d. May 2), Geo. Endebrook (elected 

May 7)9 Nicholas Lynn. 

1656. Nicholas Lynn, Edmund Saers. 

1657. Edmund Saers, Humphry Pledg. 

1658. Humphry Pledg, John Coldham. 

1659. John Coldham, William Long. 

1660. William Long, George Endebrook. 

1661. George Endebrook, Edward Linton. 
1662-63. Edward Elderfield, Edward Linton. 

1664. Edward Elderfield, Tho. Olliver. 

1665. Thos. Olliver, Edmund Sayers (stc). 

1666. Edmund Sayers {tic)^ Edward Rants. 

1667. Edward Rants, Edward Sares. 

1668. Edward Sayres {sic)^ Humphry Pledge (sic). 

1669. Humphry Pledge (s»c), John Hebdon. 

1670. *John Hebdon, John Wilson. 

1671. +(Joshua Gearing), John Hebdon, William Roades. 
1672-3. William Roades, John Hawkins. 

1674-5. Thomas Ansell, John Williams. 

1676. Charles Linton, John Williams. 

1677. Ffrancis Pledge, Thomas Sanders-J 

1678. Thomas Sanders, Jqhn Couchman. 

1679. Job^ Couchman, Edward Sares. 

1680. Edward Sares, Walter Sanham. 

1681. Walter Sanham, John Banckham. 

1682. John Banckham, Richard Lane. 

1683. Richard Lane, Jno. Wilson. 

1684. John Wilson, Edward Elliott. 

1685. Edward Elliott, Peter Elderfield. 

1 686. Peter Elderfield, Edmond Cooke. 

1687. Edmond Cooke, Thos. Oliver. 

1688. Thomas Oliver, Wm. Ely. 

1689. Wm. Ely, Thos. Man. 

* Rebound the Parish Registers. 

t Elected, bat declined to act, and paid £z ^^^ towards repairs of 
Church. X High Sheriff. 

3IO The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

1690. Thos. Man, Nicho. Lynn. 

1691. Nicho. Lynn, Joseph Costall. 

1692. Joseph Costall, Tho. Jefiis. 

1693. Tho. Jeff, Wm. Skarle. 

1694. Wm. Skarle, Robt. Shepherd. 

1695. Robt. Shepherd, Wm. Rhodes. 

1696. Wm. Rhodes, Charles Leane. 

1697. Charles Leane, Wm. Frith. 

1698. Wm. Frith, Edw. Seares {sic). 

1699. Fdw. Seares, Isaac Brand. 

1700. Isaac Brand, Thomas Scawen.* 

1701. Deputy Joseph Scriven, Sir Jas. Bateman. 

1702. Nic. Lynn, Jun. (for Sir Jas. Bateman), John 


1703. John Midgee, Saml. Taylor. 
1704-7. Cha. Linton, Edw. Scares. 

1708. Edw. Seares, J no. Hester. 

1709. Jas. Midgee (for Mr. Hester), Mr. Movillion. 

17 10. Thos. Ansell (for Mr. Stephen] Movillion) ,JJaines 


171 1. James Varley, Thos. Ansell. 

1712. Thos. Ansell, John Man. 

1713. John Man, John Lynn. 

1714. John Lynn, Richd. Whitland. 

1715. Richd. Whitland, Benj. Moore. 

1716. Benj. Moore, Tho. Shepherd. 

1717. Iho. Shepherd, Wm. Pallmer. 

1718. Wm. Pallmer, James Grove. 

1719. James Grove, John Crecy. 

1720. John Crecy, John Peele. 

1721. John Peele, Richard Smith. 
1722-3. John Hutt, Wm. Bignell. 
1724. D. Wilmott, John Morley. 
^725- John Morley, Tho. Earl. 

* As alderman. Sir Thos. Sea wen in 1712 was fined for not 
further civic honours. 

Clmrc/mvrdni. i" 

17:16. Wm. Shorter, John GibUiig. 

1727. John Gibhng, John Colt. 

1728. John Colt, William Bignell. 

1729. Wm. Bignell, Ant. Merry. 
J730. Ant. Merry, Richd. Tuggy. 

1731. Richd. Tuggy, John Man. 

1732. John Man, Thos. Orsby. 

1733. Thos. Orsby. Wm. Bignell (for Mr. W.lmott). 

1734. Wm. Bignell (for D. Wilmott), Wm. Ansell. 

1735. Wm. Ansell, Wm. Devon. 

1736. Wm. Devon, Jno. Colt. 

1737. John Colt, Wm. Grover. 

1738. Wm. Grover, Benjamin Bond. 

,730. John Gibling (for B. Bond), Ant. Meriy. 
740. Ant. Merry, E. Kempton (for Fran-s Sal^dor). 
,741. Edw. Kempton (for F. Salvador), John Draper. 

1742. John Draper, James Pearson. 

1743. James Pearson, Ant. Merry. 

1744. Edw. Kempton, Cornelius Weaver. 
1743. Cornelius Weaver, Thos. Shepherd. 

1746. Thos. Shepherd, Richd. Tamplm. 

1747. Richd. Wheatley, Richd. Tamplm. 

1748. Richd. Tamplin, Wm. Puplett. 

1749. Wm. Puplett, James Wilson. 

1750. Jas. Wilson, Thos. Shell. 

1751. John Greenfield, Thos. Shell. 

1752. Jno. Greenfield, Jas. Wilson (for S.r Jno. Kemp, 


1753. James Wilson (for Sir Jno. Kemp, Bart.), Francis 


1754. Francis Willcox, Peter Hamond. 

1755. Francis Hntchins, Richd. Tamplin (for Peter 


1756. Richard TampHn (for Francis Hutchins), Edw. 

Kempton {for Thos. Harrop). 

1757. Edward Kempton (for Mr. Harrop). Jno. Wymer. 

312 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

1758. Jno. Wymer, James Graham. 

1759. Jno. Amolly James Graham. 

1760. Jno. Amolly Robt. Hart. 

1761. Jno. Avam, Robt Hart. 

1762. John Avam, Saml. Plumbe. 

1763. Morgan Rice, Samuel Plumbe. 

1764. Morgan Rice, Thos. Garrood. 

1765. Thos. Walker, Thos. Garrood. 

1766. Thos. Walker, Wm. Waller. 

1767. Paul Palmer, Wm. Waller. 

1768. Wm. Waller, Edward Crutchfield. 

1769. Edwd. Crutchfield, John Gover. 

1770. John Gover, Wm. Jelfe. 

1771. Wm. Jelfe,* John Loringe. 

1772. Dionysius Bosten, Jno. Loringe (resigned), JohD 

1773-4. John Rogers, John Ridge. 

1775. John Rogers, Richard Panton. 

1776. Richd. Panton, John Gover. 
1777-8. Morgan Rice, John Gover. 

1779. Morgan Rice, John Arnoll. 

1780. Thos. Garrood, Wm. Witton. 

1781. John Arnoll, H. Lalande. 

1782. John Stracey, Wm. Witton. 

1783. John Loringe, Wm. Kimber. 

1784. G. E. Charpentier, Wm. Kimber. 
1785-6. W. Holmes, Thos. Whitear. 
1787-8. John Clarke, John Avarn. 

1789. John Avarn, D. Blachford. 

1790. John Avarn, W. Timson. 

1791. John Avarn, W. Powell. 

1792. W. Wanstall, John Avarn. 

1793. John Avarn, Robt. Bridges. 

1794. John Avarn, W. Smart. 

1795. John Avarn, Richd. Bayley. 

♦ Died. Succeeded by J. Gover. 

Churchwardens. 313 

1796. James Blake, John Avarn. 
1797-8. John Avarn, Thos. Sanders. 

1799. Walter Lord, John Avarn. 

1800. John Betts, John Avarn. 
i8oi-2. Jas. Blake, Jas. Overton. 
1803-4. Jas. Blake, David Hambelton. 
1805. Jas. Blake, Joseph Davies. 
1806-7. Jas. Blake, John Piper. 
i8o8. Jas. Blake, Percival Evans. 

1809. Jas. Blake, Wm. Houghton. 

1810. Jas. Blake, d. (Walter Lord), Wm. Houghton. 

181 1. Walter Lord, Robt. Hicks. 
i8i2. Walter Lord, Wm. Bicknell. 

1813. *Walter Lord, John Hodges. 

1814. Walter Lord, Robt. Clarke. 

1815. Walter Lord, C. Gibling. 
i8i6. Walter Lord, Wm. Doolan. 

1817. Walter Lord, Wm. Davies. 

1818. Walter Lord, Thos. Holmes. 

1819. Walter Lord, M. N. Chapman. 
1820-2. Walter Lord, Jos. Overton.t 
1823. JWalter Lord, Rob. Hoggart. 
1824-6. Walter Lord, John Durst. 

1827. Walter Lord. Wm. BicknelL 

1828. Walter Lord, Isaac Ardley. 

1829. Walter Lord, Daniel Norris, Sen. 

1830. Walter Lord, Wm. Sims. 
1831-2. Robert Clarke, Thos. Watkinson. 
1833. Robert Clarke, Choyce Wm. Moyses. 

* One of these gentlemen refused to act, and a Vestry was called 
to consider what should be done, however, as the interest was so 
slight, and no one turned up, it was adjourned, and they appear to 
have acted all the year. 

t Jonathan Chapman appointed 1822, but, being a Quaker, Overton 
was elected to fill his place. 

X Jonathan Wilson appointed, but he obtained Counsel's opinion 
that he could not act, and so Hoggart was elected to fill the pott 

314 '^f^ History of Tooting-Graveney. 

1834. R- G. Thomas, Thos. Watkinson. 

1835. R« G. Thomas, Thos. Gover. 

1836. R. G. Thomas, Joseph Procter. 

1837. R- Goring Thomas, John Marchant 

1838. R. Goring Thomas, Wm. Winders. 
1839-41. S. C. Lord, D.D., Hy. Molyneux. 
1842-6. Thos. W. Cuthbert, James Molyneux. 
1847.8. P. W. Flower, John Wren. 

1849. P' W. Flower, Joseph Glover. 
1850-2. A. W. Gadesden, George Rich. 

1853. A. W. Gadesden, G. Slawson. 

1854. Hon. S. R. Curzon, G. Slawson. 

1855. Hon. S. R. Curzon, S. J. Blunt. 

1856. Hon. S. R. Curzon, Geo. Evans. 
1857-8. Hon. S. R. Curzon, Wm. Winders. 
1859-60. Wm. Jas. Thompson, J. Hy. Taylor. 
1861-2. Wm. Jas. Thompson, Geo. Jas. Soward. 
1863-4. Edward Daun, W. Hy. Fourdrinier. 
1865-7. W. H. Fourdrinier, Chas. Attlee. 
1868-73. J. K. Hooper, Jas. Barringer. 
1874-6. W. H. Dawson, F. R. Harries. 
1877-9. W. H. Dawson, C. Attlee. 

1880-2. W. H. Dawson, J. Barringer. 
1883-8. W. H. Dawson, W. P. Mellhuish. 
1889-90. J. B. Ward, W. P. Mellhuish. 
1891. James Foster, W. P. Mellhuish. 
1892-3. James Foster, W. E. Morden.* 
1894. James Foster, W. E. Morden (last election by 
elected Vestry). 

* In 1892 there were two candidates for the position of People's 
Warden, viz., Messrs. W. P. Mellhuish and W. E. Morden. The latter 
was elected by the Vestry. Mr. Mellhuish claimed a poll of the parish 
on the question, but the chairman declined to grant it, upon which he 
applied for a rule in the High Court of Justice to compel the Rector 
and Churchwardens to gprant a poll. The case came on before Lord 
Justices Day and Charles, and was dismissed with costs, the Judges 
deciding that the election by the Vestry was final 

Churchwardens — Overseers. 3 1 5 

1895. James Foster, W. E. Morden (elected by Church 


1896. James Foster, W. E. Morden. 


A List of Overseers of the Poor, extracted from 
THE Minute and Account Books of the Church- 
wardens, Vestry Books, and Surveyors' Accounts. 

1651. Nicholas Lin (or Lynn), Edward Elderfield. 

1652. Edward Elderfield, Midgee. 

1653. Edward Elderfield, Phillip NichoUs. 

1654. John Coachman, John Ives. 
^655. John Ives, tjohn Colton. 

1656. John Ives, John Arham. 

1657. John Arham, William Long. 

1658. William Long, Thomas Gainsford. 
i659-6a Thomas Gainsford, John Couchman. 

1661. George Endebrook, Edward Dudson. 

1662. Edward Rants, Edward Dudson. 

1663. Joshua Gearing, William Smith. 

1664. Joshua Gearing, John Wilson. 

1665. John Wilson, Thomas Ansill. 

1666. Thomas Ansill, Nicholas Ellerey. 

1667. John Williams, William Roades. 

1668. William Roades, John Hebdon. 

1669. {Humphry Pledge, tJohn Hebdon. 
1670-1. John Hawkins. 

1672. Abraham Ives, Charles Linton. 

1673. Abraham Ives, John Hawkins. 

1674. Charles Linton, Ffrancis Pledge. 

1675. Humphry Pledge. 

1676. Thos. Sanders. 

* Sidesmen first appointed. f Probably John Coldham. ' 

X Oiurchwardens as well 

3i6 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

1677. John Couchman, John Pach. 

1678. John Pachy Walter Sanham. 

1679. Walter Sanham, John Banckham. 

1680. John Banckham. 

1681. Richard Lane. 

1682. John Wilson, Edward Ellyott {sic). 

1683. Edward Elliott, Thos. Oliver. 

1684. Thomas Oliver, Edward Cooke. 

1685. Edward Cooke, Robt. Sanders. 

1686. Robt. Sanders, Mr. Man. 

1687. William Ely, Thomas Man. 

1688. Thomas Man, Nicholas Lynn. 

1689. Nicholas Lynn, Joseph Costall. 

1690. Joseph Costall, Thomas Jeffs. 

1691. Thomas Jeffs, Wm. Skarle. 

1692. Wm. Skarle, Robt. Shepherd. 

1693. Robt Shepherd, Wm. Rhodes. 

1694. Wm. Rhodes, Charles Leane. 

1695. Charles Leane, William Frith. 

1696. Wm. Frith, Edw. Sayers {sic). 

1697. Edw. Scares, Samuel Tayler. 

1698. Samuel Tayler, Isaac Brand. 

1699. Isaac Brand, Tho. Scawen. 

1700. Thomas Scawen, Deputy Joseph Scriven. 

1701. Sir James Bateman, John Midgee. 

1702. John Midgee, Edw. Deacon. 

1703. Thomas Ansell, James Varley. 

1704. James Varley, John Major. 

1705. John Major, John Hester. 

1706. John Hester, Stephen Movillion. 

1707. Stephen Movillion, Thomas Ansell. 

1708. Nicholas Lynn, Robert Shepherd. 

1709. John Hawkins, Edward Deacon. 

1710. Edward Deacon, John Man. 

1711. John Man, Thomas Hawkins. 

171 2. John Lynn, Richard Whit land. 

Overseers. 317 

1713. Richard Whitland, Benj. Moore. 

1714. Benj. Moore^ David Murray. 

1715. Thos. Shepherd, William Palmer. 

1716. William Palmer, James Groves. 

1717. James Groves, John Crecy. 

1718. John Crecy, John Peele. 

1719. Thomas Ansell (for John Peele), Richard Smith. 

1720. Richard Smith, John Hutt. 

1721. John Hutt, Wm. Bignell. 

1722. Wm. Bignell, Peter Knight. 

1723. D. Wilmott, John Morley. 

1724. John Morley, Thos. Earll. 

1725. Thos. EarlL 

1726. John Gibling, Henry Wilks. 

1727. John Colt, Richd. Tuggy. 

1728. Wm. Bignell, Anthy. Merry. 

1729. Anthy. Merry, Richd. Tuggy. 

1730. Richd. Tuggjs H. Wilks. 

1731. F. Orsby, John Man. 

1732. John Man, W. Ansell. 

1733. W. BigneU (for D. Wilmott), W.^nselL 

1734. W. Ansell, W. Devon. 

1735. W. Devon, B. Bond. 

1736. J. Hopkins, B. Bond. 

1737. Thornton Man, R. Tuggy. 

1738. W. Grover, Francis Salvador. 

1739. Francis Salvador, Jno. Draper. 

1740. Jno. Draper, Jas. Pearson. 

1741. James Pearson, E. Kempton. 
T742. E. Kempton, C. Weaver. 

1743. C. Weaver, Andrew Morin. 

1744. Andrew Morin, C. Weaver. 

1745. Richd. Wheatly, Richd. Tamplin. 

1746. W. Puplett, Thos. Shepherd. 

1747. R. Tamplin, W. Puplett. 

1748. W. Puplett, Jas. Wilson. 


1 8 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

1749. Jas. Wilson, Thos. Shell. 

1750. Thos. Shell, J. Greenfield. 

1751. Jno. Greenfield, J. Kemp. 

1752. Jas. Wilson (for Sir J. Kemp, Bart.), F. Wilcox 

1753. Jas. Wilson, J. Porter. 

1754. Rich^ Tamplin (for Peter Hamond), W. Betts. 

1755. *Jno. Loringe, F. Wilcox, Thos. Harrop. 

1756. Ed. Kempton, Jno. Wymer. 

1757. John Wymer, Jas. Graham. 

1758. Jas. Gndiam, Jno. AmoU. 

1759. Jno. AmoU, Jos. Salvador. 

1760. Rob. Hart, Jno. Avarn.f 

1761. Jno. Avarn, Saml. Plumbe. 

1762. Saml. Plumbe, Morgan Rice. 

1763. Morgan Rice, Thos. Garrood. 

1764. Thos. Garrood, Thos. Walker. 
1765.6. Thos. Walker, Wm. Waller. 

1767. W. Waller, Paul Palmer. 

1768. Ed. Crutchfield, Thos. Ringscote. 

1769. John Gover, Jno. Ridge. 

1770. W. Jelfe, Jno. Ridge. 

1771. Jno. Loringe, Thos. Tamplin. 

1772. D. Bosten, J. Ridge. 

1773. D. Bosten, J. Croger. 

1774. J. Croger, T. Tamplin. 

1775. R. Panton, J. Ridge. 
1 776- J- Ridge, J. Gover. 

1777. T. Willis, J. Gover. 

1778. W. Witton, J. Gover. 

1779. J. Gover, W. Kimber. 

1780. Hy. Lalande, Jno. Loringe. 

1781. Jno. Loringe, J. Stracey. 

1782. Jno. Loringe, Thos. JeflEreys. 

1783. Mr. Charpentier, Mr. Holmes. 

* Died. 

t Joseph Salvador elected Overseer, fine fixed at £\o los. 

Overseers. 319 

784. John Clarke* and Greenfield. 

785. John Clarke, Joseph Overton. 

786. D. Blachford, John Clarke. 

787. W. Timson, D. Blackford. 

788. W. Timson, Walt. PowelL 

789. W. Powell, Jas. Turpin. 

790. Jas. Turpin, W. Wanstall. 

791. W. Wanstall. 

792. W. Smart, Richd. Bayley. 

793. John Gover, Richd. Bayley. 

794. John Gover, James Blake. 

795. Robt. Nettleton, Thos. Sanders. 

796. Thos. Sanders, Benj. Batley. 

797. Walter Lord, John Betts. 

798. John Rotton, Saml. Chalkin. 

800. Henry Parsons, John Piper. 

801. John Gibson, Wm. Bean. 
802-6. Percival Evans, John Gibson. 
807-8. W. Houghton, John Gibson. 
809-10. Robt. Hicks, John Gibson. 

811. John Hodges, James Waller.f 

812. Robt. Clarke, Chas. Gibling. 

813. Wm. Doolan, Geo. Smart. 

814. Fredk. Klein,t John Marchant. 

815. Wm. Davies, John Marchant. 

816. R. G. Thomas, John Marchant.§ 

817. Joseph Overton, John Marchant. 

818. M. N. Chapman, John Marchant.ll 

819. John Ward, John Marchant. 

820. Jon^ Chapman, John Marchant. 

821. John Marchant, Thos. Pearson. 

* Wheatear and Grimston appear to have acted. 

t W. Bicknell took Waller's place after the first rate was made. 

X Left the parish in 1815. 

$ Received ;£i9 19s. as Overseer. 

II £y> salary. 

320 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

* Thos. Holmes.t 
X Jno. Durst. 

Isaac Ardley. 

Thomas Sharp. 

Daniel N orris, sen^*. 

Robt. Hoggart. 

Thomas Watkinson. 

W. Bicknell. 

C. W. Moyses. 

Geo. Gover. 

W. Sims. 

1822. John Marchant/ 

1823. John Marchant, 

1824. John Marchant, 

1825. Johi^ Marchant, 

1826. John Marchant, 

1827. John Marchant, 

1828. John Marchant, 

1829. John Marchant, 

1830. John Marchant, 

1831. John Marchant, 

1832. John Marchant, 

1833. Joseph Booth, Wm. Sambrook. 

1834. Joseph Procter, W. Winders. 

1835. Wm. Williamson, Joseph Glover. 

1836. Geo. B. Wilkinson, W. Penfold, junr. 

1837. John Wren. Thos. Holt. 

1838. Chas. Yalden, J. G. Smith. 

1839. Chas. Fourdrinier, J. Durst. 

1840. James Molyneux, Edw. Daun. 

1841. Thos. Hicks, Php. Jones. 

1842. Henry Burn, Geo. Wheeler. 

1843. John Holt, Chas. Lee. 

1844. Ceo. Rich, Richard Blake. 

1845. Jas. Harding, C. F. Trery. 

1846. Henry Collyer, G. Slawson. 
1847-8. Jas. Barringer, junr., W. Holmes. 

1849. Ed. Moon, D. Norris, junr. 

1850. M^ Rollison, Robt. Brooks. 

1851. E. Child, E. G. Livesey. 

1852. Hy. Molyneux, Chas. Brown. 

1853. E. Medcalf, Thos. Wisdom. 

1854. R. Taylor, John Hunt. 

1855. Johii Hunt, Wm. Wilders. 

1856. Wm. Wilders, Wm. Sorrell. 

* Gratuity oi £\o los. 

t Mr. Harvey elected, but left the parish. 

X Salary j^^ 

Oz'cr seers, 321 

1857. Hy. Muggridge, Thos. Weaver. 

1858. Peter Perry, Geo. James Soward. 

1859. H. W. Fourdrinier, Peter Perry. 
i860. Hy. R. Pulbrook, T. F. Engley. 

1861. SamL Martin, junr., Edw. Butcher. 

1862. Edw. Hepple, Chas. Barringer. 

1863. Thos. Skelton, Robt. Gibling. 

1864. J. K. Hooper, J. W. Dalton. 
1865-6. Joseph Greenhill, J. W. Dalton. 
1867. John Shirley, Saml. Garratt. 
1868-9. Johi^ Shirley, E. Bax.. 

1870. James Bignold, Joseph Booth. 
1871-7. James Bignold, Robert Parker. 
1878-9. Henry Mann, F. Syder. 

1880. Geo. Floyd, W. Lambert. 

1881. W. P. Mellhuish, J. F. Pratt 
1882-5. Stephen E. Lambert, J. F. Pratt. 
1886-8. Stephen E. Lambert, C. E. Stowell. 
1889-90. S. Savage, C. E. Stowell. 

1891. E. Aldous, C. E. StowelL 

1892. E. Aldous, John Perry. 
1893-4. W. P. Mellhuish, John Perry. 

1895. *W. P. Mellhuish, C. Newman, C. Devereux, 

J. Perry, W. E. Morden. 

1896. W. P. Mellhuish, C. Newman, A. Bain, J. E. Fisher, 

J. Perry. 

1823. Assistant Overseer's duties were thus defined : 
^ To pay all pensions, casual and random poor ; to attend the monthly 
committees, and all committees relative to the poor^* to attend the 
bench of magistrates when required, and all appeals and actions-at-law 
vtk which the parish may be engaged relative to the poor ; to keep a 
book in which shall be inscribed all examinations of paupers ; and to 
perform all the other duties appertaining to the office of overseer, 
except the collection of rates.** 

* Elected by the Vestry as reconstructed by the Local Government 
Act of 1894, Churchwardens ceasing to be ex-officio Overseers. 


322 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

'* John Marchant to be elected pursuant to Act of 59th George 1 11^ 
cap. 12, at a salary of ;£i20, to be paid £Zo May ist,;f 20 Sept 29^ 
;{|2o March 25,^834, and in future years £^0 only, as before." 


1836. Edmund East, Joseph Overton. 
1837-38 .♦ G. W. D'Ahnaine, Wm. Houghton. 
1839-40. Thos. Watkinson, Wm. Williamson. 
1841-42. John Durst, Eldw. Daun. 
1843. £dw. Daun, Tlios. Hicks. 
1844-54. Edw. Daun, Henry Parsons. 
1855-56. Edw. Daun, James Barringer. 

1857. T. Fredk. Engley, D. Heath. 

1858. D. Heath, — Ticknor. 

1859. D. Heath, Hy. R. Pulbrook. 
1860-61. W. Penfold, Robt Taylor. 
1862. Robt. Taylor, Jas. Bignold. 

1863-66. Major-Gen. H. Clayton, Jas. Bignold. 

1867. James Bignold, John Manchester. 

1868. Rev. John Congreve, Jas. Bignold. 
1869-70. J. Manchester, Jas. Bignold. 
1871-75. Jas. Barringer, Jas. Bignold. 

1876. Jas. Barringer. In this year the guardians were reduced from 
two to one (see Vestry Minutes^ The ^candidates were die 
Rev. G. S. Flack, Messrs. Barringer and Lucas. Mr. FUd 
withdrew, and on the poll being taken, Mr. Barringer was 
elected — 147 votes against Mr. Lucas' 58. Mr. Barringer has 
held the position ever since. 


165 1. John Ansell, Wm. Smith. 

1652. John Buchell, John Stevens. 

1653. Geo. Endebrook, John Couchman. 

1654. John Couchman, Thos. Brome. 

1655. John Couchman, Edw. Dudson. 

1656. Edw. Dudson, Geo. Endebrook. 

1657. Geo. Endebrook, Edw. Rants. 
1658-59. Edw. Rants, Edmund Saers. 

1660. Edmund Saers, John Coldham. 

1 661. John Coldham, William Long. 
1662-63. Edw. Dudson, Will. Long. 
1664. Edw. Dudson, John Couchman. 
16654 John Couchman, Edward Linton. 

1666. Edward Linton, Edward Elderdeld. ' 

1667. Edward Elderfield, Joshua Gearing. 

1668. Joshua Gearing, Edward Rants. 

1669. Edward Rants, Edward Sares. 

1670. Edward Sares, Humphry Pledgfe. 

None appointed in 1838, so the existing ones acted. 

Surveyors of Highways. 3^5 

n. John Hebdon, John Williams. 
^2. John Williauns, Thomas Oliver. 
'3. Thomas Oliver, John Coldham. 
'4. John Coldham, John Hawkins. 
'5. John Hawkins, William Rhodes. 
'6. William Rhodes, Thomas Ansdl. 

7. Thomas Ansell, Charles Linton. 
'8. Charles Linton, ffrancis Pledge. 
'9. ffi'ancis Pledge. Tho. Sanders.* 
k>-8x. flfrancis Pledge, John Pack. 

12. Walter Sanham, John Couchman.f 

13. f Walter Sanham, John Banckham. 

14. Richard Lane, Edward Elderfield. 
5. Edward Elderfield, John Wilson. 
6'Zy. John Wilson, Edward Elliott 
%, Edward Elliott Edmond Cooke. 
9. Edmond Cooke, Thos. Oliver. 

a Thos. Oliver, Wm. Eljr. 
ii. Wm. Ely, Nicholas Lmn. 
3. Wm. Ely, Thos. Man. 

3. Thos. Man, Charles Leane. 

4. Robt Sanders, Nathl. Grantham. 

5. Charles Hargrave, Edward Elliott 
6-97* Charles Hargrave, Isaac Brand. 

8. Isaac Brand, William Skarle. 

9. William Skarle, ffirancis Plcxlge. 

0. ffirancis Pledge, Edward Sares. 

1. Edw. Sares, Sir J as. Bateman. 

2. Edw. Sares,! Wm. Rhodes. 

3. Wm. Rhodes, Wm. Theed. 

4. Wm Rhodes,§ Robt Shepherd. 

5. Robt. Shepherd, John Midgee. 

6. John Midgee, Thos. AnselL 
7-8. Thos. Ansell, James Varley. 
9-ia Samuel Taylor, John Hester. 

1. Charles Linton, John Mayer (Major). 

2. Wm. Skarle. 

3. Wm. Skarle, Step". Mouillion. 

4. Thos. Ansell, Rich. Wheatland. 
;. John Man, John Lynn. 

5. John Lynn, Rich. Wheatland. 

7. Kich. Wheatland, Edw- Deacon. 
). Benj. More, Thos. Shepherd. 

). William Palmer, James Grove. 
"x James Grove, John Creasy. 

1. James Bateman, || John Man. 

2. James Bateman, Wm. Bignall. 
). Not to be traced. 

Elected, but John Pack served. f No accotmts this year. 

For Sir James Bateman. § For Joseph Scriven. 

!| Second son of Sir James. 

21 — 2 

324 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

1724. Wm. Bignall, John Morley. 

1725. John Morley, John Gibling. 

1726. John Gibling, Wm. Shorter. 

1727. Wm, Shorter* Hy. Wilks. 

1728. John Colt, John Gibling. 

1729. Wm. Bignell,t Anthony Merry. 
173a Anthony Merry, Rich. Tuggey. 

1 73 1. Rich. Tuggey, Wm. Ansdl 

1732. Wm. Ansdl, John Man. 
i733< Jo^ Man, Wm. Devon. 
1734. Wm. Devon, DanL Wilmott 
I73S* Wm. Devon, Wm. Ansell. 
1736-37. John Colt, Wm. Grover. 

1738. John Hopkins, Robt. WyrilL 

1739. Thos. Osby, Benj. Bond.^ 

1740. Benj. Bond, Rich. Tamphn. 

1741. Rich. Tamplin, £dw. Kempton. 
1742-44. Edw. Kempton,§ Thos. Shepherd. 

1745. Cornelius Weaver, Richard Wheatley. 

1746. Rich. Wheatley, James Wilson. 
1747-48. James Wilson, William Puplett 
1749-50. James Wilson, Thos. Shell 

1 7$ I -52. James Wilson, Jno. Greenfield. 

1753. Si^ Jno* Kemp, Bart., Jas. Wilson. 

1754. Sir Jno. Kemp, Bart., if Jno. Bushnell. 
1 755- John BushneU, Wm. Betts. 

1756. Wm. Betts (died), F. Willcox. 

1757. fTrancis Willcox, James Graham, jun. 
1758-59. James Graham, Thos. Harrop. 
176a Jno. Wymer, Samuel Plumbe. 
1761-66. Samuel Plumbe, Morgan Rice. 
1767-68. Samuel Plumbe, Thos. Tamplin. 
1769. Samuel Plumbe, Thos. Garrood. 
177a Samuel Plttmbe, Rich. Panton. 

177 1. Samuel Plumbe, John Croger. • 

1772. John Rogers, Jolm Croger. 
1773-75. Morgan Rice, John Avam. 

1776. William Waller, Jolm Gover. 

1777. Rich. Panton, Hy. Laland. 

1778. Thos. Willis, Jos. Overton. 

1779. Wm. Witton, J. Stracey. 

1780. Edw. Vidler, Jno. Loringe. 

1 78 1. Jno. Kerwood, John Rice. 

1782. R. Greenfield, Jno. Amoll. 

1783. Wm. Willsoh, J. P. Tirason. 
1784-85. D. Blachford, Jno. Clarke. 
1786. D. Blachford, T. Whitear. 
1787-88. T. Whitear, J. P Timson. 

* John Gibling acted. t For Francis Salvado 

X Gibling acted. § For Joseph Salvador 

II James Wilson acted. 

Surveyors of Highways. 325 

789-1803. Missing. 

804. Thos. Sanders, Wm. Houghton. 

805. Wm. Gilbert, James Dawson. 

806. John Hodges, W. Doolan. 

807. R. Borrodaile, Jas. Waller. 

808. Richd. Brown, Thos. Freeman. 

809. James Rose, W. Stroud. 
[8ia W. Stroud, Josiah Nibbs. 
[811. Geo. Pickett, Geo. Smart. 

18 1 2- 13. Tho. Hohnes, Harry Ashby. 
[814. Harry Ashby, John Piper. 
[81$. John Piper, James BrackpooL 
:8i6. Robt Clarice, C. Gibling. 
[817. C. Gibling, Robt. Hicks. 
1 8 18. WnL Dawes, C. Gibling. 
[8i9-2a Jon*. Wilson, Thos. RestelL 
1821. M. N. Chapman, T. Snook. 
[822. M. N. Chapman, T. Evans. 

1823. M. N. Chapman, W. Bicknell. 

1824. Ton". Chapman, Daniel Norris. 

1825. Isaac Ardley, Robt Hoggart. 

1826. Thos. Sharp, C. W. Moyses. 

1827. Choyce Wm. Moyses, Wm. East 

1828. W. Sims, Geo. Gover. 

1829. John Durst, Thos. Watkinson. 
183a Peter Stevenson, Thos. Redford. 

183 1. Peter Stevenson, Thos. Bridges. 

1832. Joseph Procter, John Piper. 

1833. William Williamson, Joseph Glover. 

1834. Wm. Sambrook, Joseph Booth. 
1835-36. Wm. Winders, Chas. Yalden. 

1837. Mr. Fourdrinier, Wm. Mansell. 

1838. Capt G. Randell, James Molyneaux. 

1839. John Marchant, John Wren. 

184a Richd. Blake, Joseph George Smith. 

1 84 1. Robt Obbard, Wm. Muggridge. 

1842. Geo. Rich, Geo. Slawson. 

1843. C. J. F. Trery, P. Jones. 

1844. Geo. Wheeler, Wm. Holmes. 
184$. G. Wilkinson,* Jna Holt 

1846. B. P. Drouet, Hy. Molyneux. 

1847. James Arding, Joscnph Gates, junr. 

1848. R. Brooks, Joseph oates, junr. 
1849-50. Robt Taylor, Samuel Martin. 

185 1. Tho. Cuthbert, Jas. Barringer. 

1852. Hy. CoUyer, Hy. Muggridge. 

1853. S. J. Blunt. Wm. Sorrell. 

1854. Wm. Sorrell, P. W. Flower. 

1855. Edw. Child, Chas. Brown. 

* Declined to act B. P. Drouet dected. 


326 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

(i), etc, denotes number of years to serve. 

856. A. W. Gadesden (i). W. Williamson {2). Hon. S. C H. R. 

(resigned in 1858). 

857. A. W. Gadesden ^3). 
(resigned 1859.) _ , 

W. Williamson (3). Jas. Hy. Taylor 




859. Jas. Barringer (i). 

86a Jas. Barringer (3). 


863. Jas. Barringer (3). 


866l Jas. Barringer (3). 


869. Jas Barringer (3). 



872. Robt Rumsay (3). 
(resigned 1874). 


874. John Hunt (i). 

875. John Hunt (3). 


878. James Bignold (3). 



881. James Bignold (3). 



884. James Bignold (3). 



887. W. P. Mellhuish (3). 



W. WiUiamson (3). Joseph Greenhfll 

(resigned 1863). 

Robt Taylor (3) 

John Manchester (3) 

Joseph Greenhill 

Joseph Greenhin 






(No election recorded.) 
Robt Taylor (2). Joseph Greenhill 

Robt Taylor (3). 

Robt. Taylor (3). 

Hy. Atwood (3). 

Chas. Attlee (3). 

S. E. Lambert (3). 

S. £. Lambert (3). 


Jas. Barringer 

Jas. Barringer (3). 
Jas. Barringer (3). 

C. E. Stowell (3)- 


C. E. Stowdl (3)' 

* A contest Geo. Trash defeated. 

District Board Members and Vestry Clerks. 327 

189a W. p. McUhuish (3). 



1893. W. P. MeUhaish (3). 



1896. W. P. Mellhuish (3). 

John Perry (3). 

John Perry (3). 
(resigned 1896). 

J. K Fisher ( I). 

C. E. Stowell (3). 

C. E. Stowell (3). 



1830. The duties of Vestry Clerk were thus defined : 

^ To attend all parish meetings ; to draw up and copy all orders and 
other acts of the Vestry ; to make copies thereof for the parishioners, 
when required, upon being paid a reasonable compensation for the 
same. To audit and copy all the accounts of the churchwardens, 
overseers, and surveyors, and to prepare all the rate and composition 
books, or other rate-books that may hereafter be required by Act of 
Parliament. To attend all committees appointed by the Vestry, those 
held at the poor-house, or others required by the parish officers, and 
enter the proceedings thereof. To prepare the Jury list, and make out 
the returns of the Registrars of Burials, Marriages, and Christenings 
to be presented at visitation by the churchwardens, and all returns 
required by Parliament and Quarter Sessions as directed by the 
churchwardens, overseers, and surveyors. To write all letters relating 
to parish business when required by the Vestry or parish officers, and 
to take copies of the same, together with letters addressed to the 
parish. To assist the churchwardens and overseers in the investigation 
of settlements of paupers, and attend the Sessions when required by 
them. To attend at and register the distribution of charitable dona- 
tions, and generally to execute all other duties properly pertaining to 
the situation, at a salary of £y2/* 

1852. The duties were again defined on the appointment of Mr. N orris : 
** To g^ve notice o( and attend all meetings of Vestry and commit- 
tees, keep the Vestry books and parish deeds, documents, rate-books, 
accounts, etc., that are closed. To give copies of the same to any 
persons entitled thereto, they paying at the rate of 4d. for every 
72 words or figures ; and to permit any persons rated to the relief of 
the poor of the parish at all reasonable times to inspect the same, on 
pain of dismissal for neglecting to perform these duties. To make 
out Church rate, get it signed, and to retain the custody thereof. To 
make out Poor and Highway rates, get them allowed, make the neces- 
sary entries in rate-book, and give notice thereof required by law. To 
make out churchwardens' and overseers* account if required, and their 
returns of arrears. To attend the overseers' audit, and conduct their 

328 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

correspondence. To assist the churchwardens and overseers in making 
out assessments and accounts, and examining the accounts of collectors 
of such assessments. To make the Jury lists, and return them to the 
Justices. To assist the overseers in making list of voters, get printed, 
and attend the revising court To prepare all returns of churchwardens 
and overseers ; and to assist them in their duties, and to perform such 
duties as may be required by the churchwardens and overseers." 

Vestry Clerks. 

1749-54* John Loringe. 181 1-30. W. Houghton. 

1755' • ]^Tk Gibling.* 1850-38. W. Houghton, Junr. 

1770- . Wm. Witton.* i839-4a W. Penfold.f 

1852. Daniel Norris. 

Both Roger Rogers, about 1744, and Thos. Drinkwater, about 1738, 
appear to have acted as Vestry Clerks, but there is no record of their 


1823. His duties were defined : 

*' To ring the bell, wind the dial, give out notices in church, to 
permit the parish officers to search for registers, and to attend to give 
evidence when called on, on parish affairs. Salary, £\^ and fees.** 

The more modem idea is : 

An official appointed by the Incumbent to assist in various duties, 
for which, though not clerical, he is responsible. He is remunerated 
partly by a salary paid by the parish, and partly by a portion of the 
fees, the whole of which belong by law to the Incumbent. When a 
curate is appointed to this office he is called " the Clerk in Orders." 

Parish Cleiiks. 

1744. Roger Rogers. 1822-44. Geo. Farwell Noakes Smart 

1753. Jno. Shepherd. 1844-68. D. Norris, Senr. 

1766-99. Jno. Gray. 1868-82. D. Norris, Junr. 

1799-1821. Robt. Welsh. 1883-96. S. Bearman. 


1832. His duties were defined : 

" To attend punctually at church on Sundays, morning and after- 
noon, also on Good Friday, Christmas Day, and on the days of any 
general fast or thanksgiving, at the hour appointed for the com- 

* Neither of these appear to have acted for more than a year, 
t The minutes are written by the chairman of the Vestry from 1841 
to 1852. 

Organists and Sunday Beadles. 329 

mencement of the service. To instruct the children in psalmody 
every Sunday for one hour each time, at ^ before 10 o'clock in the 
morning, and ^ before 2 o'clock in the afternoon, and for the next 
three months to instruct them once a week for two hours. To attend 
to the tunes selected for the psalms and named in the book provided 
lor htm and deposited in the organ loft ; and he must on no account 
di^Nut from them tmless required to do so by the minister or church- 
waprdens, and to submit to such other regulations as may be required, 
a month's notice to be given on either side. To be elected annually 
with other parish officers, and to receive £^2 per annum." 


1820-32. Mrs. Showell. Mr. Cousens.* 

'833-34» O- May. Mr. Adams.* 

1835-36. Joseph Pitman. Mr. Hodges.**^ ^ 

1837-42. Edw. West. 1883. C. J. Wood. 

1843. G. Gunter. 1883-87. A. F. Clement. 

1844-45. W. Wilkinson. 1888-90. H. A. Hurdle, A.R.A.M. 

1846-53. W. Foster. 1891-96. J .Percy Baker, A.R.A.M., 
Mr. Whittingham.* Mus. Bac Dunelm. 


1 82 1. His duties were defined as follows : 

" For a yearly fee of £6 6s. od. to preserve order in the church and 
churchyard during divine service, and in all other parts of the village 
during Sabbath Day." 

(Henry Gibling held this office together with that of organ-blower 
and constable.) 

1823. ** He had also to attend all Vestries as Beadle."* 

1837. " Light the fires in furnace and the Vestry-room, and sweep 
the churchyard.** 

1838. " To deliver notices of Vestries." 

1855. ^ Salary £Z, To attend all times when divine service was 
being performed in the church, open the pews, blow the organ, light 
the fires, attend Vestry and parochial meetings, visitations, etc., light 
the gas and candles in church, dean the glasses, sweep walks in church - 
yard on Saturday, and when required, deliver parish and parochial 
notices, serve stunmonses, etc" 


1741. Jna Lane. 1743. Geo. Gregory. 

1785-95. Thos. Tamplin.t 

* These officiated between 1853 and 1883. t And bellman. 

330 The History of Tooting'-Graveney , 

Sunday Beadles and Organ-Blowers. 

1812-36. Henry Gibling.* 1864-65. W. Dabom. 

1S37-C4. John Smart. 1866-70. Hy. Fulbrook. 

1 8$ 5-02. Thos. Craven. 187a — Steers. 

1863. Ch. Yalden. 1871. Geo. Whitehead.t 


Duties were defined April, 1873 • 

" To dig, fill in, and arrange the graves ; attend at the funerals. To 
toll and ring the bell on Sundays for the usual services, and on other 
days when required on the death of a parishioner, and at the funerals. 
To attend to the heating and gas apparatus, and the lighting of the 
church and vestry fires and gas, and to the good order during the 
services, and all other duties belonging to the office of Sexton. Salary 
j£io and fees on the settled scale." 

Mr. C. Edwards was first appointed. 

(Note. — He also received £yi for his keeping of the graveyard io 
order and repair, and mowing it at least four times a year.) 


1873. ^* Edwards. 1890. Thomas Hopton. 

1882. John Coates. 1896. Charles Amos. 


Duties were defined April 26, 1859 : 

" Salary £\^, Thoroughly sweep and dust the church every week. 
Matting to be taken up, beaten and relaid, once a month. Light the 
vestry fire. Clean the vestry and fireplace. Open pews in body of 
church at all services. Fold up and put away the fittings of com- 
munion and pulpit after service, and put in their places ready for their 
use before service. To be present whenever church is open. To 
wash and mend all surplices, linen and towels. To pay particular 
attention to strangers, and lend them hymn-books as provided. 
17s. 6d. per quarter extra to be paid for washing and mending." 

Pew-openers and Church-cleaners. 

1813-52. Mary Wren. 1859-60. Mary Austin. 

1852-58. Elizabeth Coleman. 1861-82. A. M. Finch. 

188396. Miss E. Finch. 

* 1812 described as organ turner ; 1813 as organ player; 1814 as 
organ grinder ; 18 16 as organist ! 
t Organ-blower only. 

Headboraughs and Ale-canvers. 



Headborough (silent gh), the chief or headman of a Frankpledge, 

tithing or deanery, a kind of village mayor, also known as borsholder 

or tithing-man. 


i68a Nic Lin. 

1683. P^^ Bond. 

1684. Goodman Gloster. 
1687. SaoL Taylor. 
1691. RiduL Lane. 
16991 Edward Deikenn.* 
170a — BushneU. 
1701. Jno. Major. 
1702-ia Jno. Hawkins. 
171 1. David Murray. 
1714. Thos. Kirbey. 
1715-16. Joh. Wiggins. 
1743. Thos. Ansefi. 
1744* Jos. Akam. 

1745. Jna Loringe. 

1746. John Watcham. 

1747. John Gilbert (or Edw. 

1748-49. John Griffith. 
1750-51. Edw. Kempton. 
1752. Robert Shepherd. 
>753-54- Richd. Wheatley. 
i75S-56. W. Grover. 

1757. Stephen Smith. 

1758. Jno. Avam. 
I7S9- Jno. AmolL 
176a SamL Jarvis. 

1761. Thos. Garrood. 

1762. flfrands Wilcox. 
1765. Jas. Graham. 

1764. W. WaUer. 

1765. Thos. Kingscote. 

1767. John Gover. 

1768. Peter Hammond. 

69. Dionssius (sic) Boston. 
7a Rich. Postlethwaite. 

71. John Ridge. 

72. Thos. Tamplin. 

73. Hy. Bowman. 

74. John Grimstone. 

75. Hy. Gover. 

76. John Grimstone. 

77. W. Witton. 

78. Nudler Green^eld. 

79. W. Chocklin. 
8a Wm. Smart 

81. John Gibson. 

82. Thos. Freeman. 
83-84. W. Garrood. 

85. Thos. Tamplin. 

86. Jas. Tmpin. 

87. Thos. Tamplin. 

88. Jas. Blake. 
809-10. O. Savage. 
811-12. John Marchant 

813. W. Whitehead. 

814. Sam. Nash. 

815. H. Gibling. 

816. John Snook. 
817-33. John Wren. 

834. Joseph Gates. 

835. John Wren. 

836. Joseph Gates. 
837-38. Cornelius Smith. 

839. John Holt. 

840. Anthony Murratt. 

841. John Smart. 


Ale-conner or kenner is one who knows* what good ale is. The 
ale-conner was one of four officers chosen by the Livery of London 
City in Conunon Hall on Midsummer Day. His duties were : To 
inspect the measures used in public-houses, and ascertain that they 
were of the proper legal capacity. Similar officers existed in other 
parts of England. [The Act 21 James I., c 7, provided that they 
take oath and present the offences of drunkenness.] 

* Deacon. 

332 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 


1684. Bryan Abbott. 
1687. Robert Allan. 
1688-89. Wm. Bertram. 
1690-91. John Lander. 

1692. Wm. Oades. 

1693. £dw. Deacon. 

1699. Thos. Shorey. 

1700. Thos. Lane. 
I7(N. John Hangman. 
1702. John Major. 
1703-04. John Harvey. 

These are all the recorded 

1705-6. John Lander. 

1707. Thos. Lane. 

1708. Thos. Goddard. 

171 1. Joseph Preston. 

17 12. John Gibson. 
1716-17. Thos. Archer. 
1727-38. Rogger Rogers. 
1739. W. Grover. 

1744. Thos. Shepherd. 
1816. John Trery. 



Petty constables were first instituted in the reign of Edward III.} 
taking the position of head boroughman, tithing-man, and, by the 
Statute of Winchester including the position of borsholder {fwrh is the 
Anglo-Saxon for security). The duties of these four offices were very 
much alike, and in some parishes they were united. In others, as here, 
there were the two officials, headborough and constable. As time 
went on the constable became more the servant of the overseers, 
serving their summonses and attending them to petty sessions. 


1665. Richard Sayers. 

1668. Goodman Ansell. 

1669. Goodman Willson. 

1672. Richd. Lane. 

1673. Will, ffisher. 
1680. Chas. Linton. 

1682. Wm. Roades. 

1683. Goodman Ely. 

1684. Richd. Archer. 

1685. Jno. Rawlins. 

1686. Francis Pledg. 

1687. Nic. Lynn. 

1690. Robt. Shepherd. 

1691. John Bartlett. 

1698. John ffrancis. 

1699. Wm. Bertram. 

1700. W. Oades. 

1 701. John Major. 

1702. Thos. Deacon. 
1705. Thos. Shorey. 
1708. Jno. Harvey. 
1711-12. Thos. Lane. 
17 13. David Armoure. 

17 14. Stephen Kirbey. 

171 5. John Creacey. 

1 7 16. John Device. 
1742. C. Varley. 
1743* John Loringe. 
1744. Richd. Tamplin. 
1745-55. John Lonnge (died). 

1756. Edw. Kempton. 

1757. Richd. Wheatley. 

1758. John Greenfield. 
I759- John Avam. 

1760. John AmoU. 

1761. Thos. Walker. 

1762. Thos. Garrood. 

1763. Francis Willcox. 

1764. Jas. Graham. 

1765. Jno. AmolL 

1767. Edw. Crutchfield. 

1768. John Gover. 

1769. John Loringe. 

1770. D. Boston. 

177 1. Richd. Postlethwaite. 

1772. John Ridge. 

Constables, Apothecaries, Engine-keepers. 333 

73-74. W. Empson. 

75. Joseph Ovcjton. 

76. Thos. Wills. 

77. £dw. Vidler. 

78. Gea Hope. 

79. Joseph Overton. 
Ba Edw. Vidler. 

81. W. Chocklin. 

82. Wm. Smart. 

83. Edw. Vidler.* 

84. John Betts. 
8C-87. Richd. Bayley. 

,88. Jno. Betts. 
804. Thos. Molyneux. 

1805. Hy. Gibling. 

1806. Geo. Smart. 

1807. Edw. Prestridge. 

1808. J as. Blackpool. 
1809-10. W. Stroud. 

181 1. Jas. Blackpool 

1812. Jas. Deane. 

1813. Jas. Blackpool. 

1 8 14. Thos. ResteU. 

181 5. Samuel Nash. 
1816-37. Hy. Gibling. 
1838-40. Tno. Smart. 

1 841. Alfred Smith. 


Duties of, were defined in 1773 : 

^ ;£6 6s. od. for taking care of the poor of this parish and supplying 
them with physic, etc., and also casual poor, for the whole year. 
Raised to £\o in i775** 



1725. Mr. Parrottf 
1773*77. Mr. Horler. 
1779. Mr. Chittenden. 
1804-ia Messrs. Grellier and 

181 1- 1 5. Mr. G. Grinley Sharpe. 
i8i6-22. Mr. John Parrott. 
1823-25. Messrs. Parrott and 

1826-36. Mr. C. Chapman. 


Duties of, were defined in 1840 : 

" He is requested to exercise the engine on the first Monday in 
March, June, September and December, at twelve o*clock in the fore- 
noon, and he is required to g^ve notice to the parish officers previous 
to each day on which it is to be exercised. In 1 848 the parish guarantees 
to remunerate the engine-keeper for the expense of hiring a horse to 
convey the engine to any spot within the distance of ^yt, miles in case 
of fire." 


1811-13. T. Deane. 
1814-23. T. Barlow, and 

R. Redford. 
1824-32. Mary Redford. 

1833-34. T. and W. Redford. 
1835-46. R. Redford and Thos. 

1847*53* £d* Craven. 

* Vidler did not act Thos. Freeman did from April. 

t I find his accounts being paid, but no record of appointment. 

334 3^^ History of Tooting-Graveney. 


Duties : '^To keep wound and in good repair the tower and gaDery 


1833-43. W. Restell. 
1844* T. Skelton. 
1845-46. Thos. Restell. 

1847. T. Skelton. 

1848. H. Walsh. 

1849-54. Skelton and Corker.* 
1855-64. T. Skelton. 
1865-66. Corker. 
1868-70. Skelton. 
1871-73. Corker. 

1874-76. Skelton. 
1877-79. Corker. 
1880-83. Skdton. 
1884-85. Corker. 
1886-87. Skelton. 
1888. Laroche 
1889-91. Corker. 
1892-93. Sawyer. 
1894-96. J. Day. 

J. 6. Robinson, appointed 1882. 

* Alternate years. 


extra notes. 

St. Augustine's Mission Church, Selkirk Road. 

SAort Account of tht Formation of ike Minion. 

In order to meet the spiritual wants of anew district which had sprang 

up ID the lo«-er part of Holy Trinity parish, the Vicar [Rev. J. Hasloch 

Potter) commenced mission services in a house in the Selkirk Koad, 

on December 3,-1882. These cottage services were usually conducted 

by Mr. Charles Baker, founder of the Church Institute, Wandsworth 


Sunday- schools were soon opened under the superintendence of Mr. 
Henry Houndle. 

St. Andrew's Iron Room was opened November 33, 1884, and 
tervices of a very simple character were conducted by Mr. Baker and 
the clergy of Holy Trinity. 

In 1SS8 the Rev. £. H. Leale was ordained to the curacy of Holy 
Trinity, and the mission was by the Vicar placed especially under his 

On October 4, 1690, a small iron church was built, adjoining the old 
room, and capable of seating about 150 persons. This new mission 
was called St. Augustine's, in honour of the first Archt»shop of Canter- 
bury. The change was made because of the appropriation of the name 
St. Andrews by a church at Earlsfield. 

St Augustine's Mission was formally opened by the Venerable Arch- 
deacon Bumey, and was duly licensed by the Bishop. 

In consequence of the rapid growth of the population, it was decided 
in the year 1896 to separate St Augustine's Mission and the surround' 
ing district from the mother parishes of Holy Trinity and St. Nicholas 
and to form it into one of the Rochester Diocesan Distrias. 

336 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

The Mission-District extends from the Upper Hereward Road to 
Merton Railway Bridge, and as iax back as the Fountain and Alston 

The population is at present estimated at between 4,000 and 5,000. 
Two estates of considerable size are now being developed, and it is 
estimated that about 700 workmen's dwellings will be built during 

The Rev. £. H. Leale was appointed as the Missioner by the Lord 
Bishop of Rochester, and was formally installed by the Bishop of South- 
wark on January 5, 1896. 

The site for the permanent church, situated at the comer of Garratt 
Lane and Fountain Road, is now being purchased at the cost of j^soo, 
which sirni has been raised during 1896. 

The Mission Church is well attended, and there are over 200 children 
in the Sunday-schools. 

Old Map of the Parish. 

An interesting map has lately come into the possession of the 
Rector of Tooting- Graveney, being that of the parish in 1844. The 
Chaplain of the Bishop of Winchester, on going through the papers of 
the late Bishop, found the map, and, with the Bishop's permission, the 
Rector was asked if he would like to have it, and the map (framed) now 
hangs in the vestry of the church. It is drawn to a scale of six chains 
to an inch, and is in very capital preservation. On the right and left 
sides are small copper engravings of the present church (which had 
then been consecrated eleven years, and which is depicted with a very 
pleasing foreground, though those who remember it say that a very 
offensive heap of refuse from the stables of the Rising Sun, which 
stood where Collingwood Villas are now, rendered it anything but 
pleasing), the old church (with its round tower), Hill House, the old 
mansion at the rear of Tooting College, and Mr. Gibling*s house and 
shop, with the parish pump in front, which has only been removed in 
comparatively late years. The reason Mr. Gibling's shop is shown 
probably was that the family had long been connected with the parish. 
The map also contains an engraving of the Rectory House, now known 
as ** The Rosery," in the Mitcham Road. The inscription is : " Map 
of the parish of Tooting-Graveney, in the county of Surrey, as surveyed 
by J. and J. Hicks, Tooting, 1844. Engraved by J. E. Wood." Dedi- 
cated by permission to John Richard (Sumner), Lord Bishop of 

* * * 

Extra Notes. 


Among the Governors of St. Thomas's Hospital in 17 19 were 
Joseph Collier, John Hester, and Thos. Man, all of Tooting- 

* ^ ^ 

Lysons*s '^ Environs of London'' quotes the following averages of 
baptisms and burials in the parish : 

Registers. Baptisms. Burials. 

1580-9 ... 6 ... 3 

1680-9 ... 5 ... 6 

1780-9 ... 31 ... 24 

1790-9 ... 28^ ... 2it 

1800-9 ... 36J ... 27J 

No entries of burials in 1603 and 1665. 

In 1790 there were about 150 houses ; in 1801, 168 ; in 1810, 174. 

In 1800, September and October, Mary Betts, aged 88, Susan 
Wennard, aged 91, Mary Beesly, aged 97, were interred, without any 
oUier burial intervening. 

« ^ « 

In the '' Catalogue of Lords, etc, Loyalists compounding for their 
Estates" (London, 1655) appears : 
"John Massingberd, of Tooting, ;t934." 

* * * 

Among the names of recusants who have registered their estates 
according to a late Act of Parliament made to oblige them to enter 
the real annual value of them were Thomas Lane (afterwards Sir 
Thomas, ancestor of Lord Foley), Lord Mayor in 1694 and Henry 
Lord Viscount Montague. 

% ^ « 

King William IV. died on Tuesday, June 20, 1837. On the follow- 
ing day appeared an advertisement in the Times from Richard Alsagar, 
M.P. for the Elastem Division of Surrey : " As the decease of our 
much lamented Sovereign will, in all probability, lead to an early dis- 
solution of Parliament, I beg respectfully to announce my intention of 
again offering myself as candidate." He died in 1841, and lies under 
the church. 

« ^ ^ 

In ** Surrey Fines : Pedes Finium, or fines relating to the County 
of Surrey, levied in the King's Court from the 7th year of Richard I. 
to the end of the reign of Henry VI L," edited by Frank B. Lewis, B.A., 


338 The History of Toottng-Graveney. 

there are several entries relating to actions between the inhabitants of 
Tooting- Graveney and their neighbours, among which is, ''4 Edw. III^ 
Thomas de Lodelowe and his wife Katherine v, Adam Poignaont in 
Miccham and Toting- Graveneye.*' 

Page 186. 

Letters patent, authorizing any charitable collection for any public 
or private purpose, Evelyn says : " A brief was read in all churches for 
relieving the French Protestants who came here for protection from 
the unheard-of cruelties of the King." 

Page 24. 

Rev. F. F. Thomas, minister of the Congregational Church, 1852-61, 
in an interesting letter to the author, tells the following story : " One 
gloomy winter afternoon the clerk in the desk fell asleep during the 
sermon. Mr. Greaves, a slow speaker, suddenly paused longer than 
usual ; the dead silence awoke the clerk, who, thinking the discourse 
had ended, broke the silence with a loud * Amen.' " . 

Page 109. 

I have been told that the publicans often scolded the parson if he 
preached a more lengthy sermon than usual, and it was a regular thing 
to see the potboys outside the public-houses waiting for the bell to give 
them the signal to begin the delivery of dinner-beer. 

Page 120. 

The following are scheduled as the list of monuments to be removed 
from the old church in 1833 • 

1. Sir John Hebdon, Knight, 1670. 

2. Miss Mary Blake, 1823. 

3. Matilda, wife of George Medley, Esq., 181 7. 

4. William Clarke, Esq., 1799. 

5. John Clarke, Esq., 1792. 

( Miss Louisa Jane Royds, 181 1 ; 
' { and Ann Georgina Royds, 18 12. 

iMrs. Elizabeth Powell, 
and William Powell, Esq., 1823. 
( Elizabeth Fitzwillm, 1 582 ; 
* ( and Willm. Fitzwillm, 1 597. 
( John Rice, Esq., 1801 ; 
^* ( and Chas. Rice, Esq., 1802. 

10. Frances, Wife of John Rice, Esq., 179a 

11. Mary, Daughter of the late John Rice, Esq., i8ia 

Extra Notes. 339 

( Mary, Wife of Thos. Holmes, Esq., 1821 ; 
' f and Thomas Holmes, Esq., 1829. 
( Ralph Plumbe, Esq., 1776 ; 

13. < Samuel Plumbe, Esq., 1784; 

(and Frances, Wife of Saml. Plumbe, Esq., 181 1. 

14. Dame Esther Bateman, 17 10. 

Page 23. 

Lord Saye and Sele informs me that Edward Clinton was not Lord 
Saye ; he gave a quit clainur to Lord Saye and Sele of all his rights 
in name, title, etc 

Page 145. 

Shoulder of Mutton Fietd.— This field has been rated to Mitcham 
ever since a dead body was discovered there, which Tooting- Graveney 
refused to bury. Mitcham, however, buried the body, and have taken 
the rates from the field ever since. 

Page 147. 

Mr. Barringer was elected after a contest with Mr. Lucas, Mr. Flack 
having withdrawn his candidature. 

The record of this father of the village is worthy of note : Guardian, 
1855 and 1856 ; and from 1871 to 1897 ; Overseer, Highway Surveyor, 
Churchwarden, L. S. B. Manager, Anerley District School Manager, 
Member of the Vestry, Trustee of the Amicable Benefit Club, Treasurer 
of the Cricket Club, and District Board of Works representative. He 
reckons to have travelled over 20,000 miles in the interest of the 

Page 122. 

The Rev. Richard Greaves, who was Vicar of Deddington, Oxon., 
1822-36, bought the advowson on behalf of his nephew. Rev. R. W. 
Greaves, to whom it afterwards belonged. He was patron when the 
Rev. J. B. Marsden was inducted, in 1833. 

Page 30. 
From 1774 to 1792 the parish is designated Tooting-Graveney, Lower 
Towting, Tooting, and Towting-Graveney. 

Pages I and 2. 

Salmond (N.), in his "Antiquities of Surrey," 1736, very tersely re- 
marks : 

" The proper evidence upon which to distinguish the three Manors 
of Tooting is in the chests of those who purchased them from the 
purchasers upon the Dissolution.** 


340 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Page 42. 

The description given of the supposed ahns-dish with handle is 
evidently incorrect, as I find an illustration of a similar piece of plate 
in "Catholic Ceremonies," New York, Benziger Bros., where it is 
described as a communion paten, held under the chin of the com- 
municant when he receives the Blessed Sacrament. 

Page iL^, 

''High Hopes and Pleadings for a Reasonable Faith, Nobler 
Thoughts, Larger Charity. Sermons preached in the parish church 
of Tooting-Graveney, Surrey, by John Congreve, M.A., Rector." 
London : Macmillan and Co. 1875. 7s. 6d. ; reduced to 5s., 1877. 
Crown 8vo., 340 pp. 

Vestry Minutes. 


1808. A special Vestry was held to consider arrangements with James 
Rose as to sanctioning an enclosure he had made, and an agree- 
ment was subsequently come to between Rose, the Lady of the 
Manor, the Rector, Churchwardens, and Overseers. ^£52 . 10 . o 
was paid to the Overseers, and los. each to the Lady of the 
Manor, the Rector, and the two Churchwardens, and the en- 
closure allowed. 

The Churchwardens' books for that date are missing, but the Over- 
seers debit themselves with the £^2 los. 

Page 239. 

Masters and Mistresses. 

1853. Mr. and Mrs. Stocker. 

1867. Mr. and Mrs. Groome. 

1869. Mr. W. C. Bray, Miss A. Mitchell. 

1874. Joseph Henry Marsland. 

In the Minute Book of the National Schools : 

1875, Jan. II. "The schools were leased for 99 years to the School 
Board for London by an agreement dated Jan. 11, 1874. A 
year's working expenses convinced the Board of the insufficiency 
of the present school buildings, and in order to £eicilitate the 
erection of new and complete buildings in a central position, 
the Board requested the managers and trustees to consent to 
the following arrangement, viz.. That schools should be re- 
transferred, with a view to the National Schools being leased 
(subject to certain conditions) from year to year, and the in£uit 

Extra Notes. 341 

school conveyed in fee simple to the Board, so that, on the 
completion of the new buildings contemplated by the Board, 
the National Schools might be given up to the former managers, 
and the infant schools be sold, or otherwise disposed of as the 
Board might think best. To consider this proposal, and if 
approved of, to give a formal assent to it 

** Two meetings became necessary : ist, a meeting of the 
former managers ; and 2nd, a meeting of former subscribers.'* 

(This had reference only to the buildings, not the endow- 

Infant School Mistresses. 

Miss Lackie. 
Miss Pattison. 
Miss Dawson, 1862-68. 
Mrs. Stanbrook. 

Page 189. 


Due to M' Cole for William Elyc. 

;£ s. d. 
ffbr Mette Drinke & Lodging for 3 weeks - o 12 o 

for the Chyrurgeon that Dreft ffirst • - o 02 6 

for the Chyrurgeon that Dreft him Last - - o 10 o 

TotaU I 04 6 

Mr. Meagee, 

Pray be foe kinde as lett me have this fume of money w^ I have 

promifed to pay for him abovefaid, as foon as pofsible you cane, from 

yo' friend at Conunand, 

WiLUAM Cole. 

Page 189. 

The Names of thofe that Contribute & the fums given and Con- 
tributed towards the putting out apprentice Michael Cooke a poore 
Child to Mr. Chamley of Clapham, March y** yS^^ 1703 : 

S' Jenmes (James) Bateman two Ginneys 
Thomas Man .... 
Isaac Brand . . - . 

Joseph Scriven - - - 

M'Theed .... 
M' Turner - - - . 

M' Leane .... 
M' Hester .... 



£ s. d. 

2 : 3 : 00 (sic) 

00 : 15 : 00 

00 : 15 : 00 

00 15 00 

00 10 00 

00 05 00 

00 05 00 

00 10 00 

342 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Page i88. 

£ s. 

Rcc<* y* I4**» Day of Scptemb', 1709, of y* Conflable' 
of Tooting y* Sum of Thirteen Shillings, being 
by order of quart' Sefsions towards y* Repair- 
ing of Chertfey Bridge in this County by me ^ 

RiCHD. Chandler, H. C. 

- o : 13 :o 

Piige 192. 


The A Count of y** Carpenters work doun to the woch hooes in y* 

year 1719 : 


s. d. 

for 3 Leaves of Slet dells at 10 pence A peas 

- 02=06 

for A quarter 3 feet long 

- oo=o4i 

for A baten of hole dell 

- 00-03 

for 1 A bond of iqp naels 

- oo«o5 

for \ A dayes work . - - - 

- 01 =03 

(No date^ probably 1724-) 

The Contstabell bill. 

;C s. d. 

for swaering in to my oflfis - - - -010 

paid 2 shillings for siening book - - -020 

for Returing at 1 1 warants • - - -056 

paid to a poor woman - • - -003 

R'* y« ^e Cohier - - - - -020 

o 10 9 
P^g^ S7i footnote. 

The shade of Mr. John Loringe must excuse this stupid blunder, 
which was not discovered till the sheet had been printed off. James 
was the second son of Sir James Bateman and brother of the first 
Viscount Bateman. 

Page 58. 

It was Sir Benjamin Kemp, 7th Baronet, who married Mrs. Colt, of 
Tooting. He died in 1777 ; her daughters married, etc 

Sir John Kemp, 5th Baronet, who died in 1761, married the widow of 
£. B. Colt. Her burial is described in the Registers as follows : 

Extra Notes. 343 

" 1768. March 6. Dame Elizabeth Kemp, Relict of Sir John 
Kemp, B».» 
The Rev. Mr. John Colt was buried in 1747. 

Court Rolls. 

Matthew Coachman died seized of a messuage and 1 1 acres of land 
held freely. John, only son of the said Matthew, is his heir.— 
12 Chas. I. (1660, Nov. 12). 

Thos. Mann (Man) died seized of a messuage and 12 acres of land 
held freely. Elizabeth, late his wife, is tenant for life by the will of the 
said Thomas, with reversion to Edward Dudson, gent., and Annie his 
wife. — Ibid. 

Edward Dudson purchased of Thomas Lynsfordand Richard Reeve 
a messuage, three cottages and nine acres of land held freely by a rent 
of 3s. lod,— Ibid, 

Joshua Geeringe purchased of John Stone one close containing 
three acres of land, held freely by a peppercorn rent — 16 Oct., 1665. 

John Hebdon, Esquire, purchased of Joshua Geeringe one messuage, 
bam, stable, orchard and garden, containing by estimation one acre of 
land more or less, and two closes of land containing by estimation 
7 acres more or less, held freely at a rent of 4' 4"* and other services. — 

Edmund Sares died seized of four several tenements and five 
several closes or parcels of land, containing in the whole 36 acres, 
held freely by a rent of 14'. Edward Sares is his son and heir. — 
1 Oct, 1668. 

Edmund Sares died seized of one close or parcel of customary land 
called "Maybyes Close," lying and being within the manor and 
abutting upon the land of Sir John Maynard, K^, deceased, upon the 
south-west part, and abutting upon the Highway there leading upon 
Tootinge Beake to Streatham upon the north east part, held of this 
Manor by Copy of Court Roll by a rent of 3V4*' per ann. and other 
services, and Edward Sares is his only son and next heir to the 
premises according to the custom of this manor, whereupon there falls 
to the Lady of the Manor a fine. And now at this Court comes 
Edward Sares and in full court humbly prays to be admitted to the 
premises aforesaid with appurtenances as next heir, to whom the Lady 
of the Manor, by her steward granted seizin by the rod, to have and 
to hold the aforesaid close or parcel of customary land and appur- 
tenances to the aforesaid Edmund (Edward) Sares his heirs and 
assigns for ever, at the will of the Lady according to the custom of 
the Manor aforesaid by the rents and services therefore formerly due 
and of right accustomed, and so he is admitted tenant by the rod, and 

344 ^^ History of Tooting-Graveney 

gave to the Lady for a fine for having his estate £z^ ^^^ ^^ ^^ fealty 
to the Lady.— I Oct., 1666. 

George Endebroke, gent., died seized of 3 tenements with appurte- 
nances, held freely, rent unknown. Roger Endebroke, cognatus ejus^ 
is next heir at will. — Ibid, 

John Coldham, Esq^, died seized of one messuage held freely by 
rent of 9^/0^^ and other services, and also of one other messuage hdd 
freely by a rent of 1V4** and other services, and also of two other 
messuages or tenements lately erected on part of the premises. — 
28 April, 1699. 

The Old Register Book. 

The parish registers begin in 1555, but are not original till 1603. 
The first order for systematic keeping of the registers of births* 
marriages and deaths was made in 30 Henry VIII. (1538) by Thonus 
Lord Cromwell, Lord Privy Seal, and Viceregent to the King. This 
order recited that in every parish there should be a coffer with two 
locks, in which should be kept the register book under the care of the 
parson, vicar, or curate and churchwardens ; and that every Sunday, 
in the presence of one of the churchwardens, the parson should enter 
in a register book a written record of the dates and names of the 
weddings, christenings and burials of the previous week, under pain 
of a fine of three shillings and fourpence for each neglect, the money 
to go towards the repair of the church. In 1 547 a similar injunction 
was made by Edward VI., the fine to go to the poor-box of the parish. 
Tempo Philip and Mary, 1555-57, inquiry was made as to the carrying 
out of this order. In the first year of Elizabeth, 1559, a still further 
injunction was issued, and the fines divided between the repair of the 
church and the poor-box. In 1597, the Archbishop, bishops and 
clergy of the province of Canterbury issued a stringent order that 
records should be kept, a transcript to be sent yearly to the diocesan 

In 1603, the first year of James I., a similar order was given, and 
the provision made, that as far as possible, the records from the time 
of Elizabeth should be collected together and entered in a parchment 
book. Hence we find that John Bond, who was rector of this parish 
at that time, tells us, in his crabbed and almost illegible writing 
common in those days, that he copied the entries from the year of our 
Lord 1555 to 1602. Among the entries are : 

'* Jane Bond, daughter to M' John Bond, parson of Tootynge, bom 
3"* January, christened the 29'** of the same month," 

Extra Notes. 345 

In 1620 Henry Byrd, Master of Arts and parson of Tooting, is men- 
tioned as being buried. 

In 1635, Wm. Maynard, son of Sir John M ay nard, 'buried. 

In 1641, Robert Maned, Mynester, buried. He was succeeded by 
'* Morgan Hopton, Minister of God*s Word," who was inducted into 
the pastoral charge of the congregation of Tooting-Graveny in Surrey 
the first day of October, 1641. His records are poorly kept, and there 
is a gap from 1642 to 1656, when Roland Gawen, /tfj/(7r indignus as 
he calls himself with all modesty, took charge of the parish. His 
first entry is the baptism of his daughter Maria, but eight years after 
he records her burial, and we can see his grief and sorrow in the 
record, which tells us " the grieving father and sorrowful mother were 
weeping muchJ* 

In 16^1 he records the birth and baptism of Edward, his son, and 
in 1653 Benjamin, another son. In 165 1 the marriage of Thomas 
Bathers, Esq., and Mary, daughter of Sir John Maynard, is the only 
marriage recorded. 

In 166 1 Benjamin Lovell read the XXXIX Articles as Rector. 

In 1669 Edmund Calamy, of London, gent., and Mary Gearing, 
daughter of Joshua Gearing, Esq., of this parish, gent, were married 
A. 10^ 1669. 

In 1670 the register book was rebound, and either then or in 1748, 
when it was again rebound, the leaves were disarranged, and the result 
is that the entries are not in chronological order. 

One entry runs as follows : 

" Mary Bishop was married the 22°"* of September, Anno Domini 
1652." Who to is not stated. Perhaps the churchwardens were not 
present at the wedding, and so the register had to be entered up later 
on, by which time the parson had forgotten the name of the other 
party to the contract. There is another entry in the same style. 

In 1654 is the first entry of the publication of banns of marriage ; 
the contracting parties are Mr. John Myles and Mrs. Sarah Biddulph. 

The first recorded burial in the book is : 

1555. Nicholas Robinson. 

Among the burials are : 

1670. Humphry Pledge. 
Sir John Hebdon. 
1676. Lady Mary Maynard. 

Six entries in 1556; twelve in 1557; blank till 1562, when five 
entries are made, and the same in 1563; fifteen in 1564; 1603, no 
entry; 1604, four. In 1613 appears the entry, "John Bond and 

346 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Elizabeth, his wife, were buried the 30th of October." In 1642, among 
Mr. Hopton's entries, written in Latin, are: ''Thomas Couchman, 
Citizen of London, was buried 21st of May, 1642." '* Matthew 
Couchman, son of Matthew Couchman, was buried ist day of June, 
Anno Dom., 1642," to which is added, '* Hee gave the new Com- 
munion Table.'' 

An entry in 1661 is as follows : 

'' Phoebe, the daughter of Joshua Geanng, gent., Baptised in the 
Parish Church of St. Austin, London, but the place being burnt by the 
raging fire it is desired by the parents that she should be registered in 
this book." 

1673. This day being 7th Dec , 1673, ^^^^^ presented and given for 
ever by Mr. Thomas Sanders to the Parish Church of Tooting- 
Graveney, for y** sole and propper use of the Communion service, 
a large gilded Cup or Chalice of plate, with a cover belonging 
to it, with this inscription on both of them : 

''Altari Sacrum Paroch: Ecclae de Tooting Ex dono Tha 
Sanders Generosi." 

1693. Mr. Timothy Turner, Rector of this parish, and Mistress Letitia 
Tregagle, of the parish of Mitcham, was married. 
Mr. Turner's last entry, Aug. 4, 1700. 

1727. Isaac Man, Sword Bearer of the City of London, was buried. 

1726. Sir John Lambert, Bart., of y® parish of S' Dunstan in y* East, 
and Mrs. Anne Holmes, of S^ Olive, Hart Street, London, were 
married by Licence f"" y" A.Bp. of Canterbury by the Rev* 
Mr. Arrowsmith, Reel' of S* Olive, Hart S*. 

The book ends 1781. 

Place and Field-Names. 

Amen Corner. 
Apud le Hoo. 
Barley Close. 
Barn Field. 
Biggerye Hill. 
Biggery Meade. 
Busshe Down. 
Butcher Leys. 
Butt Close. 
Chase Field. 
Church Field. 

Church Street 
Common Field. 
Common Fields. 
Crab-tree Field. 
Dimock Meade. 
East Hedge. 
Eggham Close. 
Fleming Meadow. 
Footpath Field. 
Four Acre Field. 
Further Sufferlands 
Gate Field 

Extra Notes. 


Geryes Meade. 

Nicholas Lands. 

Goodwyn (Gudwyn). 

Old Orchard. 

Gowry Mead. 

Oliver's Acre. 

Great Bushey Down. 

Pear-tree Field. 

Great Butcher s Leys. 

Pit Field. 

Great Dimocks. 

Pond Close. 

Great Many Gates. 

Pond Field. 


Road Field. 


Gmb Qose. 


Gmb Field. 

Sheep-house Field. 

HiU Field. 

Shepherds* Close. 

Hither Suflferlands. 

Small Gains' Field. 

Holmes' Meade. 

Smith's Meade. 

Holmes' Meadow. 

South Hedge. 

Home M^d. 

Square Field. 


Howe Lane. 

Stabb Field. 


Stack Yard. 

Iron Mill Field. 

Staple Field. 

Kin^ at Heathe. 

Stony Field. 

lane's Field. 

Stonyland, or Stonesland. 

Le Comer House. 

" The Angel" and Cottages. 

Le Friene Close. 

The Hundred Acres. 

Le Howe. 

The Neates. 

Le Longe Close. 

The Rookery. 

Little Bushey Down. 

The Wate. 

Little Butcher's Leys. 

Three Acres' Field. 

Little Dimocks. 

Top Hill Field. 

Little Many Gates Field. 


Long Mead. 

Twelve Acres' Field ( 

I acre short). 

Lower Bam Field. 

Two Acre Field. 

Maltb/s (Maltbies). 

Upper Barn Field. 

Manor House {almost opposite 

Upper Park Field. 

Totterdown), , 

Vicar's Busshes. 

Many Gates (Mannigates). 

Widows' Close. 

Marten Lane. 

Westfield (late Vicar's Busshes) 

Maybyes Cloase. 

Wood's (Und). 



Neach Field. 

Rateable Value. 


- ;{;6,8oo 







348 The History of TootiMg-Graveney. 

1842 :£6,833 

1843 6.832 

1844 6,869 

"845 7^9 

1846 7,888 

, 1847 7,960 

1848 - - - - - 8,002 

1849 7,890 

1850 7,798 

"851 7,954 

[853 (165 wateipipes iociuded ; gas, £30) - 8,091 

1896 33.66a 


The Cbnich House, erected duiiog the RectorsUp of the Re*. 
Edward Howard Morton, for use as a Working Men's Recreatioo Ctnb, 
SUte Club, and other purposes. 

The Working Men's Medical Aid Association, members of irtiidb, 
by a small wcddy payment, receive medical aid in sickness. 

The Tooting-Gravcney Cricket Club, established in 1878, and stiD 
flourishing, although, owing to stress of circumstances, it has to plaj 
its matches Just outside the parish ; still a representative feature in ibe 

Church of England Temperance Society, holding its meetingsatlbe 
Church Lane Schools. 

Conservative Club, in the Mitcham Road, which is also the bead- 
quarters of the "Cycling" and "Camera" Clubs; a member of tte 
latter, Mr. Child, was one of the parly of explorers who sailed b the 
Windward in search of the North Pole, under tbe guidance of Hr. 

Extra Notes. 349 

Water Supply. 

In olden days Tooting-Graveney seems to have depended upon 
pomps for its chief supply of water. There was one at the comer of 
Totterdown, another in the square called Pump Square, one in the 
Broadway opposite Mr. Gibling's shop. 

The chief supply was, however, from a post which stood outside 
a little shop opposite Fairfield House, and a reference to the Vestry 
Minutes, page 109, will show that Dr. Lord made use of his artesian 
wells to supply this post. Then, in 1823, the parish sunk at their own 
expense an artesian well at the comer of Church Lane. This used to 
afford a supply at the rate of 130 gallons per minute, but is now dry. 

Tooting Home for Infirm Paupers. 

This noble building was erected as a school, called St. Joseph's 
College, by the Christian Brothers in 1888 ; it was subsequently sold 
to the Wandsworth and Ciapham Union for a home for infirm 


Page 10, line 17, far " Burleigh " read " Burghley." 
Page 48, footnote, far " Terrier *' read " Repertory." 
Page 125, erase footnote, the faculty having been discovered since 
printing that sheet 
Page 146, footnote, far " Thomas " read " Thom." 
Page 146, footnote, >r " W. K. " read " J. K." 
Page 195, line 34, for " Chiddenton " read " Chittenden." 
Page 198, line 33, far " Plumb " read " Plumbe." 
Pafi^c 199, 1 8 18, the words " in the county " should be deleted. 
Page 223, line 14, far " Hall " read " Hatt." 
Page 232, line 22, for " Piatt" read " Pratt." 
Page 272, line ii^ far'' Terry " read " Perry." 
Page 284, line i2,/7r " VII." read'^VV 
Page 287, lines 12 and 13, for " Burleigh " read " Burghley." 


Note.— Where JDiilals an to be tiaccd, iber have been inserted iltlioagfa bM a 
the original documents. Ax to the spelUaK of proper names, ibal of tlKWiJtsi 
in the parish books has been adopted, except in cases where the parties coocetnol 
have written their ovm munes ai the Coot ol minutes, etc la sotne inslanos when 
■ person— and there are nmny such — has not lieen able lo write himself, the spi 
tng adopted by the recorder of the minutes has been tiscd. ^~ ~ 



only once had the X af^ains 
Smith, X his mark." 

Only one appearance of a name on each page has been indexed, althoojh it 
may appear sevenJ limes. The italics io brackets are w-'-'^ — ~ ■' 

Abbott, Bryan, 163, 33a 

Abby, Wm. , »I 

Abraham. R,. 318. 333 

Acham (vir^n), Jc^n, 187, 306, 307, 

Adams, Mr., 339 ; John, aao 

Adamson, Geo., 317 

AInger (.^in^'cr), Mr., 63, 64, 67, 68. 

t, EIranor. aiB 

Alan, Prior, 306 

Albemarle. Lord, ai? 

Aldous. Eklw.. 153. 331 

Alexander. Mr., 134 

Allan, Robt. 344, 33= 

Alien. Rev. Bevill, a96;Ch.-is..iSs, ao6, 
ao7, 308, 309 ; Re». Dr. H»., 33, 73, 
78-80. Sa, 175, 196. 349, 307 : Goody 
(Mts-),47. 50, 343; author of "London 
and Soulhwark, xii 

Allmolt (see Smith and Allmotl) 

Allshora, Jas.. 335, 336 ; Mrs., 33s, 336, 

Alnothus, the Londoner, a 
Alsagar, Riehd.. 39. 41, 337 
Ablon, Mr., 146, 304 

Angel, Mr.. a66 

Ansell l,Aiiall, Anal), Mr.. 16;; 
Goodman. aoB, 33a: John, 3H; 
Tho5„ r7, 30, 46. 48, 49, 79, 170. 171. 
19s. ^3. »«■ 309. 3'o. 3'5-3'7. W 
331 ; Wm. , ss, 69, TO, 73. 76, 311. 317. 
M4; Mrs., 50, sa; iln. Jane, js; 

Appleby, Dorothy. 356 
Aps, Mr., 163 

Archer, Mr., »o8 ; Richd., 14; wifc (t 
187 ; Thos., 19a, 343, 344. 33a 

Armoure, David, 3^ 
Arnold. Frederick, 11 
AnioU {.AmoIO'). Jm 

63-63. ( 

70, 74, 76, 79. 80, aao. a49', 359. a6i. 
afis, a70, 373. 31a, 318. 334, 331, 33» 
Arrowsmith, Rev. Mr., 346 

Asby {w Day), Goody, 47 

Ashby, Mr.. 36 ; Han;. 94, yiy, Lori, 


^"(b.D.),aao, 996. 398 

Ashion, John, i 
--■-urst, Mr. WiH 

n. W., 349 
AstlelOD, Hy., 7 
Aston, Mr. Justice, 


Index of Persons. 


lam, 16, 51 

ger. II : Mr. (J. P.). 66; 

ZI6, XZ8-I90 

142, 314, 326 
f, XXX, 3, 30, 243 

. 330 

»S2 ; John, 64, 65, 70, 74, 

», 254, 259, 261, 262, 264, 

ri, 3x2, 313. 318,324,331, 

. L.,308 

ly. 47 
lew, 165 

., 321 

liss (Mrs.), 236, 237 

liah, 159 

, 335 ; Edw., 185; T. P., 

c, 2x8; Mrs., 122; Wido., 

is., 219 

., SO; Edw., 50, sx, 248, 

ohn, 208, 309, 3x6, 323 ; 

\ester\ Hy., 169 

!■•. 154 

y, x8. 86, 87, 89, 90 

. 206 

ohn (junr.), 275 
bcth, 221 ; G. F., 24, 307, 
249 ;T., 333 
,50; W., XX, X9X 
275 ; John, 204 

ttt) •• the Scoach woman." 
, 220 ; Richard, 58 ; Sarah, 

las., 32X ; James, xi, xxi, 
29, 138-140. 147, 304, 314, 

»6. 329. 337 

u, 70. 213, 289, 307 

U X96 

, 273 ; John, 332 
hn, 207 

le, 33, 28X ; Baron (William 
281 ; Charles, 57 ; Eliza- 
Esther, xxiv, 32, 33, 280, 
y. 33 ; Jam«s, 33, 50. 210, 
imes, xxiv, 16, 17, 23, 33, 
. 165, 167, 170, 209, 210, 
^6, 247, 280, 310, 316, 323, 
Joas, 243, 280 ; Viscount 
Judith, 33, 243 (see also 
Richard, 33 ; Wm., 33 ; 
n.), 167, 2XO ; Wm., Lord 
.9, 246, 281 
'. X92 
s-. 345 

. 319 
»rd, 39 

^ro., 226 

Bax. E., 321 

Bayley, Eidw., 41, 2x7 ; Jno., 4X ; R. D., 

27X : Rich. X76, 3x2, 3x9, 333 ; Robt, 

38, 208, 307 
Bayne, Ebener, X7 
Bayton. Wm., 2x7 
Bean, Wm., 3x9 
Beard, Jas., 220 
Bearman, S. , xi, 328 
Becket, Saml. , 2x8, 2x9 ; Mrs. Tomasia, 

218. 2x9 
Beckett, J. H , xii 
Beckford, Lord Mayor, 291 
Beesley, John, 288, 289; Mary, 389, 337 ; 

Thos., 69. 70 
Beeston, Elizabeth, 224 
Bell, Mark, 73 ; Miss, 299 
Bellers {Bfliows), Jarvis, 53, 169 
Bellon, Robt, X97 
Bentinck, Lord George, 293 
Benzier, Bros., 340 
Berger, Hy., xiit 
Berkeley, Geo., Earl of, 23 ; Hon. Geo., 

23, 208, 307 
Bernard (the miser), 291 
Bertram, Wm., 332 
Besant, Sir Walter, xx, X9X 
Besley, Mr., 67 ; Annie, 17X ; J., 171 ; 

Maria, X7X ; Mariae, X71 ; N., 17X ; 

Rebecca, X7X ; Wido., 79 
Best, Eliz., 76, 2x8; Edmund, 225. 274; 

Jas., 85 ; John, 2x7; Scrgt., 85 
Betts, Mr., 136, X38 ; Ann (seeCheak) ; 

Elizabeth, 195 ; John, 262, 271, 3x3, 

3x9. 333 ; Mary, 337 ; Thos., 146, X49. 

303-305 ; Wm., 61, 70, 213, 222, 26X, 

262. 264, 3x8, 324 
Bewes, W. A., xx, 157 
Bezer, Mary F. S., 40 ; Hy., 40 ; H. W., 

Bickerstaife, Charlotte, 224 ; Jonathan, 

Bickley {Bickfy), R., 48, x66, x8s, 186, 

207. 243. 307 

Bickncil, Mr., 214; junior, 283; Francis, 
298; Jas., 298; Wm. xxiv, 89, 105, 
109, 223, 313, 3x9, 320, 325 

Biddulph, Sarah, 345 

Biggar, Chas., 22x 

Bignall [Bijptell), Mr., X50 ; May, 70; 
\Vii?o., 69 ; Wm., 50, 51, 2x0, 2x1, 
247, 248, 310, 311, 317, 323, 324 

Bignold, Jas.. 172, 32X, 322, 326 

Birch, Dr. , 288 

Bird, Mr., 108, 128, 236. 302 ; H. E., 
138, x^9; J. Lorence, 246; Mrs., 237 

Bishop. Mary, 345 ; Thos., 219 

Bispitch, Wido., X89 

Blachford, D., 39, 93, 94, 103, 270, 271, 

312, 319. 324 J I^"S. 39 
Blagrave, Mr., 67, 68 
BUke, Mr., 86, 87, 103, 2x9. 220; Jai., 

86, 250, 252, 3x3, 3x9, 331 ; Jno., 9 ; 

352 The History of Tooiing-Graveney. 

Mary, 338: Richd. 6. 7. 320, 325; 

Sarah, 2ao; Thos., 25. 26 ; Thominias, 

308; Mrs., 96; W., and family, 96, 

Blegboroagh, Ralph, 106-T09, 177 
Blomfield. £>r. {Bishop of London), 133 
Blount, Chas., 14 
Blunt, S. J., 132, 3x4, 325 
Body. Goody, 168 
Bolton {Boulton), Gea. 218; Sir W., 

12, 159. 207, 281 
Bond (Sonde), Mr.. 169 ; Benj., 58, 311, 

317, 324 ; Catherine. 298 ; Qiroiine, 

298 ; Elirabcth, 346 ; Jane. 344 ; Jno.. 

lo, 298, 307. 344, 345 : Paul. 331 ; 

Susan, 224 ; Wido., 47. 243 
Bonhara, Liaonard, 11 ; Thos» 26, 27 
Bonner, J. G.. 140 
Booker, Benj., 273 
Booker. Thos.. 64 
Boosey and Sons, 176 
Booth. Joseph, 215, 320, 321, 325 
Boothright, Hannah, 80 
Borrowdaile, R., 325 
Boston, D.. 73, 74. 252, 312, 318, 331, 

332; Mrs., 252 
Bottisham, John, 306 
Boucher, Mrs. Judith, xxiv 
Bowden, Deborah. 283, 298 ; Elizabeth, 

282, 283 ; James, xiv, xx, 195, 281- 

283. 296, 298 ; Richd., 283 ; Richard 
C. 283 ; Thos., 282, 283 

Bowman, Hy.. 331 

Boyle, Mr., 288 

Boyne, W., 160 

Bozer, Benj., 217 

Brace, Herbert, 23 

Brackpool {Blackpool), Jas., 325, 333 

Bradbury, Mr.. 35 

Bradley, Mrs., 230; Mary, 230; Wm., 

Brady, Nicholas, 23, 51, 52, 54, 55, 58, 

67, 68, 71, x68, 172, 21 X, 307 ; junr., 

Bramgrove, Mr.. 106 

Brand, Mr. (? I.), 143, 178, 190 ; Mrs , 

24s ; I&iac, 30, 58, 171, 190 244, 245, 

310, 316, 323, 341 
Brass, Hy. , 3oiB 
Bray, W., xxi ; W. C, 340 
Brayley, V^. W., xx, i 
Brett, Eliz.. 199, 224 ; Geo., 224 ; 

Joseph. 224 
Brewer. Ann, 218 
Briant, Hy., 224 
Brice, Thos., 75 
Bridges. Mr.. 95, 100, 112; Mrs., 228; 

E., 177: RobL, 229.312; Robt, junr., 

228 ; Thomas, 122, 325 
Briggs, Richd.. 307 
Brindley. Frederick, 308 
Broadley, Peter, 24 ; Robt. , 24, 87, 228, 

229, 307 

Brome, Capt, 2x36 ; Tboi, 308. 3B 

Bromfield, John, 184 

Brooks, Francis. 17 ; RobL, 330, 335; 
Thos., 17 

Brough, G. M., 308 

Brown {Browne), Mr., 83. 84. 9a. 304; 
Mrs., 61 ; Chas.. 132, 13B, 139, 330, 
325 ; Edw., 74; Humphrey, 218 ;jai. 
60. 61, 65, 69, 70, 213; John, «7i, 
272 ; Ralph. 218 ; Richd., ^5 ; Sarah, 
222; U. Thos. Hy., 224; Zach.. 


Brownsmith. J. L., 35 

Bryan, Mary, 2x9 

Buaser, John, 243 

Buchell, J<An, 322 

Buckingham. Duke of. 987 ; Jai. 13 ; 

John, ao6 ; Wida, 187 
Buckland, Mr.. 79 : J.. 289 
Bullen, Joseph, 221 
Buller, Ann. 6x 
Bulroan, John. 308 
Bunnyon. John. 206 
Buonaparte, X76. X97 
Burcbett, Jasper, 125 
Burd, Benj. (see Bond) 
Burgess, Mr. , X79 ; Hannah, 224 ; Wm.. 

Burghley, Lord, 10. 287 
Bum, Mr., 119 ; Hy., 128, 330; Wes- 
ton. X20 
Bumey. Archdeacon. 335 
Bums ("Justice of the Peace"), 173 
Bums and Oates, xxi 
Burr, Lucy. 219- 
Burton. Hy. de, 307 
Bush. Mr.. 93 ; W., X05 
Bushnell. — , 46, 331 ; Boy. 171 ; Jno., 

6x, 324 ; Mary, 218, 219: Thos., 21S. 

219 ; Wida. 47. 170. ao6 
Butcher. Mr., X74; Edw.. 321 : MargL, 

69; Richd-. 57. 59: Thos.. d*; 

Webster, 15X ; Mrs., 249 
Butterworths, Messrs., 20X 
Buttler, Elizabeth. 219; Jas., 2x9 
Butts, Jno., 8 
Bynes, Mr.. 46. 47. 163 
Byrd. Hy.. 307. 345 

,Caesar, JuUus, 172 

Calamy (the historian). 295 ; Edmond. 

Calmore, Eleanor. 217 ; Hy„ 217 ; 

Joseph, 217 
Canterbury. Archbishop of. xr, 133. 

286. 335. 344. 346 : Archdeacon of. 

Cape, Alexr. . 249 
Cardin, Sir Thos.. 25. 26 
Careless. Ann, 273 
Carter. C E.. 37 ; John, 225 
Chalkhill, Thos., 199. 2x0 
Chalklin. Sam., 272, 319; Thos., 223 

Index of Persons, 




Cbamberlaine (author of "Survey of 

London "), xx 
Chambers, Mr., 51 ; W. and R., zx 
Chandler. Dr., 288 ; Richd.. 188, 343 
Chapman, Dr., xxiv; C, 274, 333; 

John, 278; Jon"., 40, xoi, 103, 113. 

115. 116. 122, 128, 313. 319, 325 ; 

Josh.. 122; M. N.. 89, 94, 95, 102, 

103, 105. 109. 313, 319, JP& 
iemagne, xxvi 
Charles I.. 31, 160, 287, 343 ; II., 31, 

159. x6o, 163, 284 
Charles. Mr. Justice, 314 
Charlotte. Queen (consort of Geo. III.). 

17a ; Princess. 176 
Charpentier, Mr.. 218, 318 ; G. E., 312 
Cheak, Ann. 219, 222 
Chertsey. Abbot of, xvii, 2, 3, 4 
Cheyham. Peter de, 306 
Child. Edw.. 139, 320, 325 ; Mr., 348 
Chishall, Edmund, 287 
Chittenden, John, 81. 85, 195, 219,268, 

270. 271, 333 
Chitty, Hannah, 195 
Chivers, Mrs. Martha, 250. 267. 268, 

272. 273 
Chocklin. Wm., 331, 333 
Christian, Thos., 221 
Churchill, J., 292 
Chute, Geo., 184 
Clare. Robt.. 2x7 
Clarke {Clark) family, 37; Mr., 274; 

Edw., 92; Geo., 180; Jane, 237; 

John, 40. 41, 82-84, 234. a?©, 312, 

J19, 334, 338 ; Matthew, 296 ; Mana 

Elizabeth. 40; Maria Jane, 253; 

Robt.. 40, 41, 91, 94. 95. 97, 100, 

lOX. XO3. 105, IXO. XI2. XI8, 120. X22. 

123. 229-231, 233, 235, 238, 278, 3x3, 
3»9. 325: Stephenson, 37, 253; Thos., 
243. 267 ; Miss. 204; Wm., 40. 41, 

Clarendon, Lord, x6i 

Clayton, Geo., 286; Major-Gen. H., 

322 ; Sir Robt. , 219 
Cleever. John, 8x 
Clement. A. F., 329 
Oeverley, Chas., 222 ; Elizabeth, 222 ; 

las., 221 

finton and Say, Lord (see tSsoFynes) ; 

Edw, J39 ; Lady. 290 
Coates, John. X52. 330 
Cockayne (or Cockyard), 75 
Coffin, John, 64 
Cogger, Thos. , 53 
Coldham [Coufdkam, Cotton), Alder- 

man J., 17, 206, 209, 241, 309, 3x5, 

3«. 323. 344 
Cole. Saml. . 2x8 ; Wm. , 341 

Coleman. Elizabeth. 330 

Collett. Elizabeth, 254 

Collier {Coilytr), — , 85 ; Hy., 204, 320, 

325; Joseph, 337; Mrs., X94 


Collingboume, Hy., 306 

Collins, Mrs., 70 

CoUis, Jas., 220 

Colston {Coulston), Mr., 206; Hy.,7; 

Richd., 7 
Colt. Brand, 52, 54, 58 ; E. B., 342 ; 

Mrs. E. B., 342; Rev. John. 343; 

John. X7, 50. 58. 247, 248, 311. 317, 

324; Mrs., 342 
Congreve. John, 24. 37, 38, 139, 307, 

322, 340 ; Walter, 37, 38 
Constable, Elizabeth, 222 
Cook {Cooke), Ann, 220 ; Edmd., 309, 

323 ; Edw., Q16 ; Elizabeth, 230 ; 

Geo.. XXV ; MichoU, 189; Sarah. 

Coole, Charles, 252 
Coombes, Ton. , 130 
Conduitt, Mitcoll, 159 
Coregas, Wm., 189 
Corker. Mr., 334 
Cornish, Mr., 179 
Costall U^austall), Joseph, X89, 3x0, 

316; Wido., 47, 243 
Costello, Bartholomew de, 4 
Costin. Jas., 59 
Cotton, Hy., 168, 307 
Couchman. J. J., jun.. and Thos., 168. 

185. 190, 206-208. 241. 242. 308, 309, 

315. 3x6. 322. 323. 343, 346; Matt.. 

343. 346: Wido., 206 
Coulcraft, Mrs., 206 
Couse, Mr, 263 
Cousins, Mr. , 329 
Cowdry, Richd., 12 
Coxe, Sir Richd.. X2 
Cracknell, Mr., 145 
Craghill. Mr., 180 
Cratford, Chris., 14 
Crauford, Wm.. 222 
Craven. Mr., 87; Edw., 333; Jack, 

287 : Thos. X38, 330 
Creescy {Creasy, Crecy, Creacey), 49. 

50. 2X1, 247. 3x0. 3x7, 323, 332 
Crofts, Old, 187 
Croger. Joanna, 298 ; John, 73, 74, 76, 

77. 298, 312, 318, 324 
Cromwell, Lord Thos., 344; Oliver, 

Crowdcr, Mr., X74 

Croxford, John, 220; Richd., 64 

Crutcher, G. W.,300 

Cnitchfield, Edw., 259, 261, 262. 264, 

3x2, 318, 332 
Cudworth, Ralph. 289 
Culmore. Baron, a8x 
Cursson. Sir Robt., 27 
Curtis, J. C XX ; Walter, xx 
Curzon, Hon. S. C. H. Roper-, 238, 

292. 3x4. 326; Hon. Mrs., 292 
Cuthbert. Mr. , 245 ; Geo. . 223 ; Sarah, 

223; T. W., 132. 139, 3x4; Thos.. 

325*^ Mrs.. 237 


354 ^^ History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Cutler, Pfeter, 217 ; Wm., 275 
Cutting, Richd.. zxvi 

Daborn. W., 142, 330 

Daine. W. R., 308 

Dale, Jas., 376 

D'Almaine. G. W.. 322 

Dalmer, Agnes, 61 

Dare, John, 56 

Danes, Saml., 212 

Daniel-Tysson, J. R., xx 

Daulton, J. W. , 321 

Daun, Edward, 39, 132, 139, 314, 320, 

322 ; Elisabeth, 39 

Davidson, Bishop, 336 

Davidson and Gray, i 



Da vies, Mr., 238 


308 ; Thos., 

Davis, Mr. 95, 112 ; Chas., 225; Elisa- 
beth. 225; Toseph, 226, 229, 313; 
R. C, 204 ; Kichd., 179 ; Wm., 313, 

Davy, Cecilia. 284 

Dawberrey, Jas., 12 

Dawes. W., 92, 94. 96, 114, 325 

Dawson, Jas., 229, 325; W. H., 38, 

314 ; Miss, 341 
Day, Mr. Justice, 314 
Day (or Ashby), Goody, 47 ; J., 334 ; 

Mary, 47 ; Sarah, 219 ; Thos., 189 
Deacon, Edw., 189, 316, 323. 331, 332 ; 

John, 226; Thos., 332; Wro., 169, 

Dealiry, Archdn., 35, 116 
Dean {Deane), James, 333 ; Maiy, 84 ; 

T., 333; Wm.,22i 
Debrett, xx 
de Burton, Hy., 307 
de Cheyham, Peter, 306 
de Costello, B., 4 

Defoe, Daniel, xiv, xx, xxvii, 279, 299 
de Freville, Sir Baldwin, 283 
de Gravenel, Haimo, 3 ; Richard, 3, 4 
de Gray, Lord Chief Justice, 291 
de Lodelowe, Joan, 5 ; Katherine. 5 ; 

Thos., 4 
de Ludlow, — , (see also Lodelowe vmA de 

Lodelowe)^ 4 ; Catherine, 283. 338 ; 

Jane, 5, 283 ; Margaret, 5, 283 ; 

Thos., 283, 338; Sir Thos.. 5, 283 
Dench, Anne. 222; Thos., 223 
Denison, Mr., no, 177 
Dennis (chaplain to King John), 4 
Dentery, John, 219 
Denton, John, 287 
de Oseney, Robt. , 306 
de Oxenford, Wm., 306 
de Peckham, John, 306 
I>eshon, Hy. C, 308 
de South wark, Thos., 306 
de Streatham, Robertus, 3 
de Tingria, Sibilla, 3 
deTonbridge, Richd., i 

Devereuz, Charles, 321 

Devey, Mr., 237 

Device, John, 332 

Devon, John, 60; Wm., 50, 311,317, 

de Welles. R., 306 
de Wendlesworth, W., 3 
Dew, John, 218, 219 
de WymbledoD, R., 3 
Dilly, C, 282 
Dinsdale. T. H., xii 
Distant, Mr., 73 
Dix, Wido., ao6 
Dobson, Mr., 51 
Doctor, David. 65 
Dodd. Mary, 58 
Dolland, Mr., 221 
Doolan, Mary, 40 ; W., 199. 313. 319, 

Doolittle, Saml., 290 
Donnes, Richd., 159 
Dorman, Wm., 217 
Doulton, (Sir) Hy., 304 ; Sarah H., 37 
Draper, Mr., 54 ; John, 311, 317 
Drinkwater, Thos. , 46, 328 
Driver, Thos., 220 
Drouet. P. B., xxiii, 129-131, 325 
Dudley, Pktience, 218 ; SamL,2i9,a2o; 

Wm., 219 
Dudson, Mr., 185, 206; Annie, 343; 

Edw., 12, 13, 161. 183, 187. 241,308, 

315. 322. 343 ; Jno.. 184 ; Thos., 187, 

Dugdale, xx, 21, 240 
Dukes (Duke), David, 199. 219 ; Mary, 

Duncan, Jas., 70 
Dunckley, Benj., 175 
Dunton, Wm., 225 
Durand, Abb6, xx 
Durham, Bishop of, 133 
Durrent, Jas., 220 ; Thos., 219 
Durst, John, iii, 274, 313, 320, 322. 325 
Dymoke, Sir Edw. , 284 ; Sir John, 5, 

283 ; Sir Phillip. 283 ; Robt, 8, 284: 

Sir Robert, 284; Sir Thos.. 283; 

Dyneley, Chas., 252 

Eades, Thos., 217 

Eakham, Mary, 249 

Earle {Earl), Thos., 55, 58, 64. 65, 217. 

310. 317 
East, Mr., 105, no; Edmund, 333; 

Wm. , 32.^ 
Eastland, Mary, 298 
Editor (Edditor), Lucy, 85 ; Wm., 19$. 

Edward (King and Confessor). 2, 3; 

I., 4; IIL, s, 22, 258, 338; VI., XT, 

23, 284, 344 
Edwards, Allen, 222 ; C, 330; Sarah, 


Index of Persons. 


Eggington, Amy, 223 
Egleton. Mary, 318 ; Wm. , 2x7 
Elderfield, Edw., 160, 906, 309, 3x5, 

323, 323 : Peter, 309 
Elizabeth. Queen, 10. 158, 258, 284, 287, 

Elimy. NIc, 315 

Elliott (Eliyot), Mr., 113, X51, 186,224: 

Edw., 208. 309, 3x6, 323 ; John, 220 ; 

Robt.,96, X12 
EUis, John, 2x7 ; Joseph, 2x7 
Eliix>re, Robt.', 274 
Ely {El^, Rlye\ Kichd., X70; Win., 

47, x66, 189, 309. 3x6, 323, 332, 34X ; 

Bishop of, 286 
Empson, W.,77, 333 
Endebrooke, Mr., X83. 206; Gea, X3, 

X63. X84. 308, 309, 3x5, 322. 344 ; 

Engl^. T. F.. 32X, 322 
Easington. John, 3xx 
Eston (Estun, Esten), Mr., 270, 27X ; 

John, 37 
Eustachius, Prior, 306 
Evans, Mr. (singer), 35 ; Mr., 267, 270, 

27X ; Geo. 40, 139, 3x4 ; John, 82, 83, 

.3x9 ; Percival, 86, 299, 313, 3x9 ; 

Sarah, 40 ; T.,325 
Evans and Esten, 272 
Evelyn, 338 
Everett, J. , 201 
Eving, Mr., 286 

Pagan. J., 308 

Fairfax, Lord, 287 

Farxnaoer, Joseph, X46, 1^48 

Fanner, Jas. , 224 

Faolkener. Wm., X75 

flolley (Jb/€y), CapL, 46 

fErances, Goody, 47 ; John, 49, X9X, 243, 

332; W.. 187; Mrs., 69 
Field, Benj.. 277 
Fisher. John, 50; J. E., 32X, 327 ; Will, 

332 ; and Fisher, X47 
Fisshe. John, 6, 7 
Fiu Samari. Wm., 306 
Fitzwilliam {Fitswilfm), Ann, xxv, 32 ; 

EUxabeth, xxf, 33, 338 ; Wm. xxv. 

Flack. (Gr. S., 34, X47, 307, 333, 339 

Fleming, RobL, 39X 

P1eidier,'Jas.. 375 

Finch {FtfuJU), A. M., 330; Emma, 

330; John, xo 
Flower, Mary, 39 ; W. P., 39, X33, X3S, 

139. 314. 325 
Floyd. Geo., 33X 

Fk^rer. Sir Peter, 380 

Foe, Daniel See Defoe 

Foley. Panl. 389 ; Speaker, 389 ; Lord, 


Foratcr, Hy., x8o! Rl Hon. W. E., X46 

Forth, Geo., 64 

Foster, Mr.. 397 ; James, xil, xsx, 253, 

«4, 3x5 ; Richd., 222 ; Wm., 329 ; 

Mrs., 297 
Fourdrinier, Mr., 1x9; Chas., 40, 320, 

325; Mary, 40; W. H., 3x4, 32X, 

Fowle. See Linstede, B. 
Frampton, John, x88 
Fteeland, Wido., 47, 243, 244 
FYeeman, Francis, 284, 288, 296 ; Thos., 

X04, 32s, 33X, 333 
French, John, 222 ; Robt., 2x7 
Freville. Sir Baldwin de, 283 
Frith, Wrl, 3x0, 3x6 
Friuen (Fruin), Mary, 224: Wido., 276 
Frost, John. x68 ; Peter, X7X 
Fulbrook, Hy., 330 

Fuller, Mary. 39 I W. 39, X33-X36, 239 
Fumeaux, Phillip, 289, 293 
Fynes, Edw., 23 

Gadesden. A. W., X31, X32, X38, X39, 

Gadsden and Treheme, xii, 303 

Gains. John, X65 

Galindes, Mr., 86 

Gardener, Wm., 53 

Gardiner, Abraham, 223 ; Mary, 223 

Garratt, Saml., 32X 

Garrood [Gafvod)^ Mr., 60, 64, 67, 68, 
72. 2x8, 272, 297, 298 ; Thos., 70, 74, 
76, 259, 262, 264, 265, 269, 270, 3x2, 
3x8, 324, 331, 332; W., 267, 27X, 

Garwood, Thos., 222 

Gasquet, Dr., xx, 23 

Gassiot, Chas., 339 ; Mrs., 239 

Gaston, Chris., 104 

Gates. Joseph. 331 ; Junr., 325 ; Joshua, 

Gawen, Benj.. 345 ; Edw., 34c : Roland, 

X57, X58, 207, 307, 34c ; Maria. 345 
Gaynford {Gaims/ord), Thos., 158, 315 
Gearing {Gteringt), Joshua. 13. 14. i6x, 

X84, x8^, 207, 295, 299. 309. 315. 323, 

343 ; Mary. 345, 346 ; Phoebe, 346 
Geary, John, 8x 
Gell. Sir John. 289 
George III., xxv, X72, 176,322; IV., 

xxv, 173 
Gibbens.John. 82 
Gibbon. Edw., 2x2 
Gibbs, Elizabeth. 39 ; Richd., 39 
Gibling {Giblin), Mr., xxvii, 52, xii. 

168. 298, 336. 349: Ann, 78, X95; 

Chas., 84. X13, 179, 19s. 313. 319. 

325: Hy.. loa, X04. 329. 330, 331. 

333 : John. 54. 56, 170. 21X, aiy, 31X, 

317. 324, 328 ; RobL. 321 ; W., 72 
Gibring, Sam., 69 
Gibson, Archdeacon, 28, 29 
Gibson (Gibsin), Mr., 93, 151, 19X, 192, 


356 The History of Toottng-Graveney. 

198 ; Elizabeth, 62, 65 ; Junior, 66 ; 

Goody, 47; H., aoi ; Jane, 69, 194; 

John. 6a, 66. 86, 223, 243, 244. 271, 

3*9. 33». 33a : Mary, 65 ; Robt, 6a, 

65 ; Wido., 69 
Gilbard, John, 2x7 
Gilbert, Jno., 331 ; Wm., 325 
Giles, Edw., 224 
Giston, Wm., 219 
Glanfield, 225 
Gloster, Goodman, 331 
Glover, Joseph, 170, 314, 320, 325 
Goddard {Godard), ^i ; Kichd., 217; 

Thos., 161, 332; Mrs., 94, 229, 230, 

Godman, Jas., 218; John. 76; Robt., 

7 : W., 156-159, 183, 184, ao6 
Golding, Robt., 219 
Goldsmith. John, 2x9 ; Sarah, 220 
Gooch, Bishop, 286 
Goodhart, Mr., X03 
Goslett, F. L., 308 
Gostline, W. F.,252 
Gover, Mr., xxx ; Geo., 320,325; Hy., 

97. 331 J John, 73. 78. 81. ^94. X95. 
X98, 249, 252, 26X, 262, 264-266, 27X, 
3x2, 318, 319, 324, 331, 332 ; Thos., 

Gower, W. H., 153 

Graham (jGraykam), Jas.. 58, 61, 62, 

65. 72, 219, 259, 298, 3x2, 318, 324, 

331 ; Jno., 79; Thos., 72 
Grantham, Capt., X64; NathL, 323 
Gravenel. x (see also de Gravenel) 
Graves, J. C. E., 308 
Greaves, Richard, xxa, X13, xi8, laa, 

X23, 234, 337: R. W., 24, 40, 132, 

X40, 237, 238, 25a, 307, 338, 339; 

Mrs. S. E. , 39 
Green, J. A., xii ; J. R., xx; Thos., 76, 

195, 2x8 : Mrs., 232 
Greenfield {Grenjleld), John, 56, 59, 70, 

3XX, 318, 324, 33a : Nudler, 33X ; R., 

319. 324 
Greenhill, Joseph, X41, 3ax, 3a6 

Gregory, Charlotte, aa5 ; Edmund, 

225 : Geo., 54, X69, X71, 329 
Grellier and Reed, Drs., 333 
Grellier {Griilier), John, 106, X5X, 222, 

250, asa, 333 : Miss, 91, xo6, 108, 

Grey {Gray), Mr., 70, 8x, 100 ; Charles, 

Lord, x6a, ao8, a89 (see also North) ; 

John, 69, 79, 177, 194, ao5, 349, 3a8 ; 

S. , 308 ; and Davidson, X79. See also 

de Gray 
Griffin, Morris, 46 
Griffiths, Mr., 151 ; John, axa, 223, 

33X ; Wido., 69 
Grimston (Grimstone), Jno., 77, 272, 

33x; Thos., 27X, 319 
Grisdale, Benj., 308 
Grooroe, Mr., 340; Mrs., 340 

Grovcr, W., 45, 54, 56, 2x3. 225,3x1. 

317. 324. 331. 33? 
Groves {Grove). Edw., 225; Jas., 49, 

3x0, 3x7, 323 ; John. 1x6, 201, 276 
Gunning, Mr., 94 
Gunter, G. , 329; Mary Ann, 222 ; Thos., 

220, 274 
Gunton, Edw., 129 

Haigh, Mr., X09 

Haimo, the Sherifi^ xvii, 2, 3 

Halbert (Hulbert), Charlotte, aaa ; 

Sarah, 224 ; W., 332, 224 
Hale, Mrs. , 61 
Hall, John, 276 ; Mary, 197 
Haltham, Mr., X74 
Hambledon, Messrs., 98 ; David, 3x3 
Hambley, Mr., ^37 
Hamilton, — , 22X 
Hamley, Wm., 17 
Hammond, Peter, 63, 66, 68, 70, axa, 

2x3, 260, 262, 264, 3x1, 3x8, 33X 
Hampton, John, X4; Wido., X87 
Hanbury, Wm., 281 
Hancock, — , 178; Edw., 219 
Hangman, John, 332 
Hands, Wm., 223 
Hannoway, Mrs., 183, 185 
Harding, F. D. , xxv ; James. 320 
Hardwick. Col.. ao6 
Hargrave, Mr., 165 ; Chas., 323 
Harling, Sophia, 225 
Harries, F. R., 38, 3x4 
Harris, Dr., 29X, 292; Richd., 29, 30; 

Thos. , 247 
Harrison, Mr., 272 ; G. R., 308 
Harrop. Thos., 31X, 3x8, 324 
Hart, Mr., 63, 64; Caroline, aai; 

Robt.. 81. X96, 3x8 ; Sophia, aao. 

22X ; Susannah, 220, 22 x 
Harvey, Mr., 320; John, 47, xoi, 189, 

Harwood, John, 18, 87, X89 
Hastins, John, 62 
Haiherley, Lord, 305 
Hatt (Huit), John, X97, 222, 223,310, 

Haultain, W. F., 308 

Hausman {Henshman), W., 49, 191; 

Goody, 46, 49 ; Wido., 343 
Hawkins, X85 ; "his maid. " X85; John, 

309. 3»5. 316, 323, 33X ; Thos., 316 
Haworth. Mr., 8a 
Haydn, Joseph, xx 
Haydon, Phillip, ax7 ; Richd., ax; 
Haynes. Edw., 376; Eliz., 47 
Hayward, Robt., 323 ; Sarah, 323; 

Thos., ax 8 
Haywood (Hayward), Eliabelh, aaa, 

Hazlebrigge, John, xx 
Heath, D., 322 ; John. 193 
Hebdon {Hepdon, Hebdem), Elizabeth, 

Index of Persons. 


31 ; Sir John, 31, 39, 284, 285, 338. 
345 ; John, 14, 31, 43, 161, 162, 207, 

"84. 309. 3»5» 3^3. 3431 Mary, 31; 

Richd. . 31 ; Kobt. , 31 ; Mrs. Silvestra. 

162 ; Thos. . 31 
Hendxy. John. 280 
Henry II., 2. 32 ; IV.. 283 ; V.,5, 283 ; 

VL. 284 : VII., 284, 337 ; Vlfl., XV. 

23. 258. 284. 344 
Henry, Wm., 75. 217; Rev. Wm., xiv, 

xxvii, 285, 286. 296 
Hepple, Mr., 151 ; Edw., ^i 
Herbert, Ann. 78, 195 ; Wm., 69, 70 
Heriogman, John. 12 
Heron, Wm. , 6, 9 
Hester, John, 46, 310. 316, 323, 337, 

Hiirkenbotton, John, 219 
Hicks, Mr. , xi, 103, 178 ; J. and J. , 

336 ; Robt., 88-90, 134, 198, 313, 319, 

3^5 \ Junr-f 116, 118, lao, 122, 123. 

I2C. 179; Thos.. 204, 275, 320, 322 ; 

W:, junr.,36 
Higgs, Wm. , 220 
HiU (^i7/r), Aaron. 226 ; Alfred, 139 ; 

G. W. 308 ; James, 292 ; Robt , 167 
Hillary, Sir Hy., 5 
Hiscock. WoL, 274, 276 
Hitchins. Francis, 311 
Hoare, Archdeacon, 35 
Hodges. Mr., 96, 329; John. 198, 228, 

aao. 3*3. 3»9. 3^5 : Mrs., 66 ; Stephen, 

Hodshow, Wm. , 50 
Hodson {Hudson), W., 25-27, 308 
Hoggart. C. L.. 252; Robt, 104, 105, 

no. 313, aao. 325 ; Miss. 252 
Holding. John. 222 
Holland, Lord, 177 
Hollicks, Francis, 70 
Holmes. Mr., 3x8; Anne. 346; Mary, 

39. 339 ; Thos., 39, 83, 94. 220, 313, 

3*>. 325. 339: W- (Carter). 139. 266, 

a68. 270, 272, 312. 320. 325 
Holt, Mr., 141 ; John, 320, 325, 331 ; 

Thos., 320 
Honeywood, Sir E.. xo; Lady. 10 
Honnour. Thos.. 169 
Hookham. Mr.. 1x0 
Hooper. J. K.. 146. 314. 321 ; Marian. 

Hope. George, 2x7. 333 
Hopkins. E., 35 ; John, 35. 317. 324 
HoptOD. Morgan, 307. 345, 346 ; Thoa. , 

HoriCTj Mr., 333 
Hotrod. John. 170 
Hosier. Wm., 220 
Hough, &, 2|7 ; Mrs., 237 
Houghton. W., 85. 86, 88, 102, 1x3, 

118, 120, X25-X27, 178, 198, 205, 313, 

319. 3«. 3aS. 3*8 
Houndle, Hy., 335 

Housego, Ann, 224 

Howard, Joshua, 231 ; Mrs. Kezen- 

hassk, ^8 
Howe. Mr., 35 
Hoxton, Wm., 156 
HubbKard, Mr., X45 ; Wido.. 6 
Huckstep. Thos., 220 
Hudson. F.. X13 
Hughes, Dr., 29X 
Hughson. David, xx, 29X 
Hulford, Hv., 238 
Humphrey [Humphries), — , 196 ; John, 

22 X, 27X ; Prior, 306 
Hunt, John, 320, 326 
Hunter, Mary, 223 
Hurdle, H. A.. 329 

Ibotson, Thos., 177 
Iggulden. John, 2^ 
Inclif (inciiffe), — . 194 ; Mary Ann, 2x8 
Ingham. I. . 242 
Ingram, John, 188 
Invill, lames, 2x7 
Inwood. — , 79. 83, X95, 196 
Ireland, Edw., 224 

Ives, Abraham, 206, 3x5; John, 159. 
206. 315 ; Margaret. 13 

[acks, John, 224 

fackson, Mr.. 348; Thos.. 292 

lames I., 284, 344 

Jameson. Benj. , 224 ; Elizabeth. 224 

Jarrett, Richd.. 225 

Jarvis, Saul, 331 

Jeffreys {Jeffiirus), Mr.. 82 ; Thos., 267, 

Jeffs (/<r/«. 

ffs (/<r/«, Jeff), Mr., X71 ; Thos., 208, 

3x0. 3x6; Wido., 191 
Jehu, Thos., 222 
Jelf (/r^), Mr., 217; Wm., 260, 261, 

312, 318 
[ellicoe, Mr., X05 
fenkins, John. 249, 308 
[incks, E., 204 
John, King, 4 
Johnson, — . 62 ; Dr.. 225 ; Alexr., 222 ; 

F. A.. 308 ; J.. 282; W. G.. xii 
Jones. Elisabeth. 226; Jane, 223; L. 

H., 309: Mary. ai8 ; P., 204, 320, 

325 ; Richd., 249 ; Wm., 223 
Jordan. Harriett. 225 ; Robt, 225 
Judkins. Mr., 134. 136, 239 

Keame, Wm.. X2 

Keene. Gea, 220 

Kekewitch. Justice. 298 

KeUy. W. H.. 177 

Kemp. Sir Benj.. 342 ; EUxabeth, 260. 
543; John. so. 58, 2x3. 3x8; Sir 
John, 58. 60, 2x3, 3XX. 318. 324. 342. 

343; Ladv 58. 71 ^^ 
Kempton. Mr.. 70: Edw.. 2x2. 31X. 

317. 318. 3^4. 33*. 33a 

358 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Kennett, Dr., 24 ; Thos., ai8 

Kent, Mr. , 35 

Keppin. Ann, 333 

Kerwood, John, 334 

Ketch, Mr., 131 

Kciley, Joseph, 308 

Kilham (see Strong) 

Kimber, Ambrose, 2x7 ; Wro., 249, 
869-271, 312, 318 

Kirabery, Mr., 77 

King, Goodman, 158 ; Goodwife, 184 ; 
P. G., 39 ; W., X84 ; Wida, 183 

Kingeston (JCym^ton), John, ao6 ; 
Richd., 26-28, 308 

Kingsbury, Wm. . 286, 996 

Kingscote, £fr. , 262, 264 ; written King- 
ston, 261 ; Thos., 331 

Kippis, Dr., 293 

Kirbey, Thos., 331, 332 

Kirkham, Aid., 291 

Kitcher, John, 2x7 

Klein, Fredk., 3x9 

Knee, Henry, 78, X95. 2x8 

Knight, Peter, 169, 220, 317 ; Susan 
(or Susannah), 81, 2x8 

Lack, Hannah, 223 ; Wro., 323 
Lackie, Miss, 34X 
Lacy (Lacey), James, 260, 26x, 308 
Ladd, Jos., 272 
Lamb. John, 247 

Lambert, Sir John, 346 ; S. E., zii, xix, 
c. 87, 148, 150, X53, 228, 321, 326 : 
w., 321 
Lander (Lauder), John, 243, 332 ; 

Wido. , 47, 59, 243. 244 
Lane, Goody, 47; Jas., 222; John. 
329; Richd., 54, 309, 3x6, 323, 331, 
332 ; Thos., 48, X69, 243, 244, 332 ; 
Sir Thos., 337 ; Mrs., 48, 244 
Laney, — , 71 
I^ngley. Goody, X83, X85 
Lappin, Miss, 238 
Lardner, Mr. , 58 ; Jas. , X65 
Laroche, Mr., 334 
Laufman, Wido., 47 
Lawe, Mr., 287 
Lawrence, Sir Trevor, 153 
Lawson, John, 8 
Leale. E. H., 335, 336 
Leane. Chas., 165, X90, 3x0, 3x6, 323, 

Lee, Andrew, 283; Chas., 320; Rev. 

Mr., X94, 298; Sidney, xx ; Thos., 

184 : W. , XX, 78, X40, 298 

L«gg. Jas*. 217 ; Thos., 2x7 

Leifchild. Dr., 286 

Lelande [Lalande), Mr., 367; Hy., 82, 

3x2, 3x8. 324 
Lemay, John, 2x7 
Leonie, Caroline, 222 ; Elisa, 222 
Levett, Miss, 238 
Lewesey, Robt., 8 

Lewis. Abigal. x6. 17; F. B., 337: 
John, 187 ; Perdval, x6, 17, 23, ^, 
58, 6x. 62. 65. 68, 70. 71, 243; 
Wido.. 47. 244 

Leyghe. Nicho. 25, 26 

Lidgould, John, 2x0, 2xx. 307 

Lin (Lynn, Unn), Chas. . X69 ; John, 
30. X87. 247. 3x0. 316, 323: Mary, 
50 ; Nicho. X7X, X89. 206, 309, 310, 
315. 316. 324. 331,33a ; wife of, 183; 
N., junr, 3x0; Robt., 906, 308; 
Wide. 47, 243 

Lincoln, Bishop of. 284 

Lindon, Elizabeth, 222 

Linstede. B. , 2^, 307 

Linton {Lyniom), Chas., 46. 47, 49, 190, 
242, 309, 3x0. 3x5, 323, 332 ; Edw., 
x6o, 309, 322 ; Boy, x66 

Lisle, S., D.D.. 5X. 167. 246, 247, 286, 

Littlejohn, T., 278 

Livesey, E. G., 132, 137-139. 320; 

John. XX 

Lloyd, Cordilla, 265 ; Edw. and Ca, 


Lock, Ann, 22X ; Daniel, 22X ; Isaac. 
32X ; Rebecca, 22x 

Lodge. Canon, xx. 5 ; Strickland, 17 

Lodelowe. 4 (see also de Loddowe, de 
Ludlow, Ludlow) 

Lomas A., 204 ; Mrs. Agnes, 274 

London. Bishop of, X33 

Lonen. Wm., 206. 207 

Long {Longe), Thos.. X58. 906; Wm., 
309, 3x5. 322 

Longfellow, H. W.. xx 

Long hurst. Joseph. 293. 298 

Longshaw, Allan, 9 

Lord, Mr., 274. 3x4; Emily. 38; S 
C. 34. 35. 37. 38. "2. "8, X22, xa6, 
X29, 13X, X32, 234, 238, 278,293,306, 
349 ; Walter, 85-87, 89. 9X, 94, 9S« 
97, lox, 105, xoo, 109, no. XX3, 117- 
X19. X2S. X37, X98, X99, 229, 23X, 233. 
234, 29^, 3x3, 3x9 

Loringe. John, X7, 53, 55, 56, 58, 60, 
73. 8x, 84, X96, 2x8, 242. 249, 259, a6i, 
264, 267. 27X, 3x2, 324, 328. 33X.33a, 

Lort, Lady, 290 

Lothian, Marquis of, 221 

Lovell (Lowell), Bcnj., 184, 307, 345; 
R. S., 308 

Low, Mr., X50 

Lowiss, Goodman, 183-185 

Lucas, C. A., 37; J., 131, 133, X34. 
3aa. 339; S. F., 37 

Lucie, John, 53 

Ludlow. Johanna, 5 ; Sir Thomas, 5 
(see also de Ludlow) 

Lusye, Robt.. 8 

Lynsford, Thos., 343 

Lysons, D., xx, 296,337 

Index of Persons. 


MacAdam, Jno.. 314 

Macaulay, Lord, 287 

Macklin. Mary, 196, 219, aao 

Macmillan and Co., 340 

Maddox, Bishop, 386 

Major, John. 48, 316, 323, 331, 333 

Makrr, Humph. , 2x9 

Maltby, Edw. (Bp. of Durham), 133 

Man, Mr., 166. 3x6; Elizabeth, 343; 
Isaac. 346 : John, x6. 17, 30, 50-53, 
168, 170, 193, 311. 3X3, 341, 346, 347, 
^xo. 3x1, 316, 317, 333. 334 : Tbos. 
(scnr. and junr.). 53. X90, 347,309, 
310, 316, w. 337, 34X, 343 ; Thorn- 
ton, 45, 46, 50-53, 346, 3x7 ; Madam, 

Manchester, John, 333, 336 

Manduit. Isaac, 387, 396 

Mailed, Robt, 307, 345 

Mann, Hy., 33X 

Manning, O., xxi 

Mansell, Mr. 136 ; Wm., 335 

Marchant, Ann, 333 ; John, 97, 98, 
103, 103, 1x9, X99, 30X, 303. 333, 325, 

a37. ^TJ* 278. W. 298. 314. 319. 320, 

322. 335. 33X : Margt., 335 
Marmion, Baron Phillip, 5, 383 
Man, Wm., 58 
Marsden. J. B., 35, 40, iso, 137, 334, 

235. «37. a86, 307. 308, 339; Mrs., 

Marshall {Aferukall), Mr., xxi ; Edw., 

85, 330 ; Roger. 36-38, 308 

Maryland. J. H., 340 

Martin. Mr., 304 ; Anthony, X7 ; Edw., 
73 ; Geo.. 73 ; Prior, 306 ; Samuel, 131, 
138. 139. 325 ; juw., 33X : Sarah, 65 

Mary. Queen, 384 

Mason, Mr., 81. 83, 196 

Massingberd, John, 337 

Masters, Counsellor, X9X 

Matthews, John, 308 

May, Maria. 33X ; O.. iso, 133, 339 

Majraard, Sir Henry, xo, 387 ; Sir John, 
«o, 33. 34. 69, 159, i6x. X63, X64, x68, 
183, 184. X87-I90, 306. 307, 34X, 343, 
387, 388, 343, 345 ; Master, afterwards 
Sir John the younger, 34, X59, 184, 
906. 907. 341, 343, 988; Mary, xo, 
345 ; Lady Mary, is, 13, 33 54, i6x, 
x6a, 183-185. floy, 908, 341, 388, 343. 
445 ; Lady, junr., i6z ; Tbos., 991 ; 
wm.. ^5 

Meakin, Mr. , 199 

Meams, A., 996 

Measey, Mrs., 8x 

Medcalf {Me/cai/), Mr.. 13a ; E., 997, 

Medgwicke, Wida. 306 

Medley, Matilda, 30. 338 ; Geo., 39, 338 

Meese, John, 990 ; Mary. 990 

Meflbnish, W. P., 147, 953, 3x4, 3x5, 
32I1 326, 397 

Mellish, fohn, 81 

Merritt, Wm., 218 

Merry, Anthony, 50, 53, 54, 57, 58, 311, 

3«7. 324 
Middleton, Sir Hugh. X2, 288; Sir 

Thos., 12, 388 ; William, 59, 73 

Midgee (Xfeagee), 3x5; Jas.. 310 ; John. 

46-49. 166. 171, 188. X9O, 3IO, 3X1, 

?|Xo, 316, 323, 34X 
les. Ann. 55, 57; Francis, 275; Dr. 
Hy.. 76, 388. 380. 393, 396 ; Thos., 
17 ; Wm., 3x8; Nlrs. (Emma), 76,289, 

?9Sf 298 
Millard, F., 304 

Miller, — , 197; Benj., 319; Wm., 319 
Milne. Mr., 84 
Milner, John, xi 
Mitchell {MUhiU, Muke/l). P.. 3o6 : 

Richd., 307 ; Robt., 318 ; Wm., 308; 

Miss, 340 
Milton, John. 157 
Mockmath, Jo., 307 
Moffatt. Ann. 333 
Molyneux, Mr., 198 ; Ann. 177; Hy., 

X9, 138, 139. X39. 3x4, 330, 325 : Jas., 

314. 320. 32?; Thos., 333 
MoncriefT, E. R., 308 
Monk. Wm., 333 
Monmouth, Duke of. 399 
Montague, Lord, 35. 337 ; AdmL Robt. . 

95; Mr., 330 
Moody. Charles. 61 
Moon. Edw.. 330 
Moore {Mar*), Ben.. 343, 3x0, 3x7. 323; 

Elizabeth, 333 ; Gea , 184 ; Dr. Hy. , 

389; Jos., X85; W., 177 
Mordcn, W. E., 3x4, 3x5, 33X 
Morine Andrew, X7, 3x7 
Morley, John, 50, 3x1, 347, 3x0, 317, 

Morrioe. Secretary, 384 

Morris. Wm , 319 

Mortlake, Mr., X43 

Morton. Rev. Edward Howard, xi. 

»a. 24, ^. ^8, 149, 3^. 307, 348; 

Rev. Evelyn Howard, zi. 307 
Mouillion, Stephen, 58, 343. 310. 3x6. 

Moyses, C. W.. xxiii. xxiv, 95, 128, 

129. 245, 3x3. 320. 395 
Muggridge, Hy., 39X, 395 ; Wm., 325 
Mullen, Mr., x8x 
Murratt, Anthony, 331 
Murraj, David, ^17, 33X 
Mustel (AiusHinlltaitii Nic.-, 934 
Myles, John, 345 

Nares, Mr. , 987 

Nash, Mary, 917 ; SamL, 33X, 333 

Naylor, Jack, 349 ; Martha, 393 

Nettleton, Robt , 3x9 

Newland, Mr., 64 

Newman, Chas., 391 ; Elisabeth, 990 

360 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Newton, Mr., 206 

Nibbs, Mr., 86 ; Josiah, 325 

Nicholas, Saint, 21 

Nichoils, John, 2x7 ; Thos., 219 ; Phillip, 

Nicholson, fi&ancis, 220 
Nightengale. G., 178 
Nixon, Hester, 217 
Noel, Revd. and Hon. Baptist, 235; 

Sir Gerald Noel, Bart., 235 
Nolan, Mr., 98 

N orris and Williamson, 233, 238 
Norris, Oaniel, 97, 124. 126, 174. 175, 

204, 205. 215, 313, 320, 325, 32)3 ; D., 

junr., xi, 131, 134. 136, 140, 180, 304, 

320, 328 ; PrisciUa, 224 
North, Lord, 208 ; Lady, 209 ; Joo. , 51 
Norwich, Bishop of, 286 
Nower, Mary, 2x8 
Nunn, Robt., 215 

Oades, Goodman, 170 ; Wm. , 170, 209, 

Obbard, R.. 205, 2x5, 325 
Ockenden, Jas., 22X 
Odbert, 2 
Okam. Joseph, 54 
"Old Bess," 164, 183 
Oldfield, John, 289 ; Joshua, xxvii, 287, 

289, 295, 296, 299 
Oldham, loi 
Oiliver {Oliver), Thos., 206, 207, 309, 

316, 323; Wido., 243 
Ommaney. F., 139 
Onslow, Barun, 286 
Orridge, B. B.. xxi 
Osby(Orsdy), F., 3x7 ; Thos., 311, 324 ; 

Wm., 54 
Oseney, Robt. de, 306 
Osgood, Richd., 197, 220 
Oswald, 2, 3 

Otway, Henry, 22X ; Rebecca, 22x 
Overton, Jas., 313; Joseph, 75, 76, 78, 

84, 89, 102, X03. X77, 233, 249, 269, 

270-272, 313, 3x9, 322, 324. 333 
Oxenford, Wm. de, 306 

P , Mr., 129 

Pack, John, 3x6, 323 

Packham, Elizabeth, 7 

Packer, Thos., 74 

Paine, Thos., ix 

Painter, Will., 217 

PaXmcr {Pa /Imer), Mr., 70; Paul, 259, 

260, 3x2, 3x8 ; Sir Roundell. 304 ; 

Thos. . 69, X96 ; Wm. , 49, 50, 56, 3x0, 

3»7. 323 
Palmester, Sarah, 65 

Palmerston, Viscount, X92, 211 

Panckhurst, Jas., 217 

Panton, Richd.. 73, 75-77, 249. 3x2, 

318. 334 
Parker, H. T. , 308 ; Robt , 32X 

Parquilis. Mrs., 249 

Parrott (Parriott), Dr., xxiv., 199; Mr., 

333 ; John, 97, 333 
Parrott and Chapman. Drs., 333 
Parry. W., 308 
Parsons, Hy. , 139, 3x9, 322 
Parton,John. 236. 237: Mr.. X26 
Patiison, Miss, 341 
Payne, — , xxi. X71 ; John. T70; Joseph, 

223 ; Wido. , 220 
Peacock, Mr., X33. 134 
Pearson, Jas., 3XX, 3x7 ; Thos., X02, 319 
Peckham. John de. 306 
Peele. John, 3x0, 3x7 
Pell, Mr.. 139 
Pemberton, Sir Francis. X4 
Pender, G. S., 308 
Pendry, Sarah, 222. 325 
Penfold. Elizabeth. 39 ; Esther. 224 ; 

Sarah, 273; Wm., 39, X96, 127, X38, 

179, 224. 278. 322, 328 ; junr.. 320 
Penny, Wm., 218 
Pepys, Saml., xxi, 28X, 384 
Percy, Bishop, xxi 
Perkins, Mr., xxo, xii ; Sarah, 84; Mrs.. 

Perry, Edw., 27a; John, 321. 327; 

Peter, ^21 ; W. , 41 
Peters, Nfary, 8x, x^S, 2x8 
Phillip and Mary, 344 
Phillips, Elizabeth, 298 ; Richd., X43, 

X48 ; Wm., 298 
Pickett, Mr. , 89 ; Geo. , 98, 325 ; Marit, 

225 ; Sarah, 222 ; Wm., 235 ; Wida. 

Piggott, Saml.. 307 
Pinfold, Chas.. X72 
Pink, Ann, 217 
Piozzi, Madam, 225 
Piper, John, 204, 252, 313, 3x9, 325 
Pither, Jas.. 220 
Pitman, Joseph, 329 ; Mr. , 123 
Pius IX., Pope, 132, X33 
Piatt, Mr.. 18, X12 ; Thos.. 122 
Pledge {Pledg\ X85 ; ifrancis. 308, 243. 

*44. 309. 315. 333. 33a; Humphry, 
ao6, 309, 3x5, 322, 345 ; John, 2x9 

Plemdel, Wide, X87 

Plomer, Sir Wm. , 293 

Plumbe, family, X98 ; Fkanoes, 40, 290. 
339; Ralph, 40, 339; SamL. xxiii« 
40, 6x, 63-72, 76-78, 213, 230. 22s, 
223, 249, 260-262, 264. 26c, 267, 291. 
292. 312, 318, 324, 339; (Thos., 2x3, 
error) Mrs. . 95, 393 

Poignaunt, Adam, 3^7 

Pointer. Ann, 3x9; Wm., 335 

Pole, Charles, x8 

Poole's (Boy), x8o 

Pope, Jas., 334 ; Sir Thos., 37 

Porter, Mr., xo6-xo8, 389 ; E. C, 998: 
E. E., 297; John, 213. 3x8; Thot. 
XX vi 

Index of Persons. 


Postlethwaite, Chas.. 8t. 320 ; Rich., 

359. a6i. 26a, 264. 331, 332 
Poller, Mr., 10a; Jas., 97; E. Hasloch, 

Powell, Elizabeth, 39. 338 ; W., 39, 228, 

239, 254, 312, 319, 338 ; Young, 194 
Powis, Lord, 287 
Pratt. Mr., 148, 232 ; Josh., 177 ; J. F., 

321 ; Margaret. 224 
Prentice {Prentuk), Saml., 204, 205 
Preston. Joseph, 332 
Pr«lridge, Edw., 333 ; junr.. 274, 275 
Price, Jas.. 225 
Procior, Mr., 274; Joseph. 233, 278, 

3x4. 320, 325 
Pryoios (?), Mr., 263 
Paddick, Kobt., 121 
Pulbrook. H. R., 321. 322 
Papletl {PurpUtt, Popiett), Edw., 207 ; 

Eliabelh, 217 ; W., 56, 57. 160, 31X. 

3»7. 3*4 
Purves, Francis, 292 ; Richardson, 992 

Qainter, S. , 201 

Raffles, Rev. Mr., 282 

Raioshaw, Wm.. 217 

Randall. Capt. G., 325 ; Mrs., 232 ; 

Wm., 224 
Ranken, C. E., 308 
Ranis (Ranee), Edw. , 309, 3x5. 32a ; 

Hannah. 163, x86, x88. X89 
Raty. Mary, 225 
Ravenbiil. John. D.D., xxvi, 36, 38,84, 

86-88, 91, 99, XX2, XX3, xx8, x2o. X22. 

«33. «9^. aoi. 228, 229. 233-235, 238, 

253, 254. 293, 307 
Rawlins, John, 332 
Rayer. W., 308 
Raymond, John, 225 
Read, Etin, 69 ; Sarah, 8x 
Reculver, John, 307 
Redford, Mary. 333: R.. 333: Thoi., 

325. 333; W., 333 
Reding, Daniel, X92, X93 : Eliz. , X92, 

193: Francis. X99-X94 ; junr., X92, 

193 ; Mary, X92, 193 ; Sussanna, 192, 

Redworth, Wm., 2x8 

Reed, Dr., 333 

Reeve, Richd., 343 

Reid, John, 40 

Relfee, Mr., X74 

Remminglon. Sergt., 86 

Renn. John. 52 

Restell. Thos,, 325, 333, 334 ; W., xai. 


Mrs., 77 

Reyner, Mr. , 289 

R^okls, J..308 

Rice, Mr., X90 ; family, 39; Chas. 
338 : Frances. 338 : John. 18. 99a, 
yHt 338 '. John M.. 18, 95, 229, 232, 

233 ; Mary, 338 : Morgan, 17, 18. 60, 

67, 68, 7x, 72, 75. 76, 80, 82. 83, X74. 

X94, X95, 2x3, 243, 248, 249, 259-273. 

312, 318, 324 
Richard 1., 337 : II.. 5 : III.. 284 
Richards (Ruhardes), X56 ; Goodwife, 

X85 : J. E., 292 : Thos., 206, 207 
Rich. Geo.. X31. X37, 3x4, 320, 325 
Ridge, John, 74-76. 79. 8x, 2x8, 259, 

26X, 262. 3t2, 318, 331, 332; Wm., 

Ringscote, Thos., 3x8 
Rivington, J., X77 
Rixon, Margt.. 225 
Roach, Hannah, 218 ; John. 2x8 
Roads {Rhodes, Rodes, Roades), Wm., 

X63, 185, 206, 309, 3x0. 3x5, 3x6, 323, 

Roberts, Anne, xoo 

Robins (^o^^iifj), Mr., xoo; Wm., 217 

" Robinson Crusoe," 299 

Robinson, Mr., 90, 92 ; Geo., X96, 2x8: 

J. a. 334 ; John, X77 ; Nich., 345 : 

Kobt., 220 
Rochester, Bishop of, X53, 239. 336 
Roger (Rodger), 53. 212, 328. 331 
Rogers, Jane, 2x8 ; John, 7X, 73, 75, 76. 

80, X74, X9C, 248. 249, 26X, 265-267, 

3x2, 324 ; Martha, 248, 249 
Rollison, Mr.. 320 
Romilly, Lord, 304 
Roper, Mr, X74 
Roper-Curzon. seeCurzon 
Rose, Mr, 86 ; Eliza, Elizabeth, 220 ; 

Jas., 325, 340 ; Thirza, 298 
Rostell, Hy., 225 
Rotton. John, 3x9 
Rowley, Wm., 29i6 
Royds, Anne Georgina, 338 ; Louisa 

Jane. 338 
Roy lance. Miss. 236, 237 
Rudduck, Amy, 260 
Rumsey, G. Hunt, 300 ; Robt., 326 
Ruse. Gea, 152 
Russell, Hannah, 223; Lord John, 133; 

Philip, 206 ; Lord Wriolheslcy, 35 

Sackville, Sir Richd.. 23 

Sage. Mr. . 75 

St. Asaph, Bishop of. 286 

St. Aubyn. F., 36, X49 

St. Eloy. Mr.. 6x, 69 

St. Mildred. Richd.. 306 

St. Peter's, Westminster, Abbot of, i, 2 

Salmond, N., xxi, 339 

Salvador, F.. 50, 59, 2x3, 3XX. 317. 324; 

Joseph. 17. 59-6x. 63,70-72. 2x3. 2x9, 

260, a6i, 3x8. 324; Mr., junr., 50; 

Mrs., CO 
Sambrook, Wm. , 904, 906. 320, 325 
Sanham (SatuUkam, Sandam), John. 

206: Old. X87: Walter, X85, 309, 

3«6. 393 

362 The History of Tooting-Graveney . 

Sanders {Saundtrs)^ Mr., 132. z86; 
Robt., 3x6, 323 ; Thos., 41, 85, 221. 

309. 313. 315. 319. 323. 325. 346: 

Wido., 189 
Sares [Sere, Seares, Sayers), Mr., 185 ; 

Edmund, 13, 157, 161. 206, 241, 309, 

322, 343 : Edw., 6, 46. 48, 170, 171, 

190, 207, 209, 241, 242, 308-310. 316, 

3^» 323. 343; Richd., 332; W.. 

Savage. S., 321 ; O., 331 ; Dr., 293 
Savoy, Duke of. 157 
Sawyer, Mr., 139, 334; Mrs., 283 
Saye, Lord (and Sclc), 23, 339 
Scarss, John, 2x9 
Scawen, Sir Thos., 3x0, 316 
Scott John, 25 
Scriven, Bridget, 31, 242; Deputy 

Joseph. 31, 171, 188, X90, 209, 242. 

310, 3x6, 323, 34X 
Searle, John, 32, 281 
Selbome. Lx)rd, 304 
Session^{Sissons), Esther, 201, 27^ 
Sharp, Mr., X02; G. G., 333; John, 

225; Thos., 320, 325 
Shell, Thos., 74. 3IX, 318. 324 
Shelton. Ambrose, 2xx 
Shepherd {SkMard, Shipherd), Mr.. 

69, 85, 86, X67 ; Geo., 222 ; John, 69. 

70, X69, 328 : Robt. , 3x0, 316, 323. 
331. 332 ; Thos.. X7. S3, 54. 56-58. 
60, 67, 69-71, 167, 210, 2X1, 242. 3x0, 
3XX. 317, 323, 324. 332 ; W., 230 

Shirley. John, 321 

Shorey, Thos., 48, X89. 244. 332 

Shorter. Sir John, 290; Wm., 50. 247, 

248, 311. 324 
Shouldham, Robt, 307 
Showell. Mrs., xoo, X02, X2o, 329 
Sidney, Sir Robt, 10 
Simon of Canterbury, xv 
Sims, W., xx8, 122, X25, 3x3, 320, 325 
Skarle [Scarles), Wm.. X90, 209, 3x0, 

3x6, 323 
Skelton, Thos., X38, 32X, 334 
Skinner, W., 2x4, 2x9 
Slater {Siatin), Mr., X03, X05 ; Matt, 

xox ; Richd. . 307 
Slawson, G., 137, 3x4, 320, 325 
Smart, Geo. F. N., X79, 2x8, 233, 234. 

319. 325. 328. 333: John. 179. 180, 

330. 33». 333: wm., 2x8. 3x2. 3x9. 

331. 333 

Smith and Allmott. 99 

Smith, Mr., xoo. X5X ; Alfred. 278, 333; 
Alice, 64 ; Cornelius. 331 ; Geo., X78 ; 
Goodman. X63; Henry, X84-X86, 240; 
Jas., 72; J. G., X78, 204, 297. 320, 
325 ; John. 75 ; Capt John, X58 ; 
Jonas, 51; Old, X87 ; Richd., xxvi, 
6x, 64, 69, 70, 310, 3x7 ; Sarah, 6x ; 
Stephen, 33X ; Thos., 206; Wilfred, 
xii; Wm., 2x8,3x5, 323 

Smythe, Lord Chief Baron, 29X ; Wm., 

Snelling, Henry. 2x7 
Snook. J. . 33X ; T. , 325 
Sorrell. Mr.. 256; Wm.,^20, 325 
Southwark, Bishop of, 336 
Southwark. Thos. de, 306 
Souton. John, 226 
Soward, Geo. Jas., 3x4, 321 
Spelman, Sir Hy., 24 
Springfield, Mr.. 65 
Sprules, Emma, 224 ; Judith, 224 
Squire, R., 20X 

Stahlschmidt. J. C. L., zzi, 165 
Stanbrook. Mrs., 341 
Stanley, Elisabeth. 220 
Stannard. Mary Ann, 222, 225 
Starton, Gea, 185 
Steel, Wm., 2x7 
Sterry, Joseph, 178 
Stevens {Steavens), Betty [EHMobetk), 

219 ; Charles, 2x9 ; Cnariotte, 2x9. 

220 ; John, 206. 322 ; Thos., 2x9, 220 
Steers, — , 330 

Stephen, Leslie, xx ; Prior. 306 

Stephens. Eleanor, 17 

Stevenson, Mr., 267, 274; Peter, 325 

Stickland. Mr. , xii, 6 

Stilwell, Jas., 139 

Stock. Elliot, XX, xxi, 165 

Stocker, Mr., 340 ; Mrs., 340 

Stoell, Hy. , 223 

Stone, John, 222, 343 ; Nich., 206 

Stowell, C. E., X49. 32X, 326, 327 

Stowers. Jas. . 224 

Stracey {Stacy), Mr., 79, 82; J(^, 
272. 3x2, 3x8, 324 ; Mary, 22X 

Strachan. Mr., xx2; James, 40; Jaoe. 
40, 41 J Wm., 274; Mrs.. 122. 231, 

Streatham, Robertus de, 3 

Stringer, Arthur, 223 ; Maria, 222 ; 
Richd., 222, 223 

Strong and Kilham, 67 

Stroud, W., 325, 333 

Sumner, C. K., Bishop, 34, 1x6, xao, 
X2X. 132, 133, 142, 33)5 ; J. a, Arch- 
bishop. X3q 

Sutton. Sarah, 2x8 

Swain [Sweyne), z 

Swinford, S., 308 

Syder, F., 32X 

Symons. H. J., 308 

Tabby, Jas.. xxvi 

Tagg, Susannah, 222 

Tailcr, Morris, 5X 

Talbot, Bishop, 239, 336 

Tamphn, Mary, 298; Richd., 50, 56, 

65, 7ii 3"t 317. 318. 324. 331. 33a; 
Thos., 57. 83, 261, 262, 264,3i8,3a4. 

Tanner, Stephen, 221 

Index of Persons. 


Taylor {TayUr), Mr., 145 (daughter's 
husband. 184). 195 ; Ambrose, 217 ; 
Goody, 183 ; Jas., 139 ; Rev. J., 296 : 
John Henry, 140, 314, 336 ; Maurice, 
69. 70 ; Morris, 349, 372 ; Robt.. 132, 
3^0, 322. 325. 326; Sam., 17, 189, 
ao8. 310. 316. 323. 331 ; Stephen. 217 ; 
Thos. . 52 ; Wm. , 224 

Teere. Edw., 11 

Tcgg. W., xxi 

Temple, Baron Hy., 2ix ; Wm., 222 

Teynham. Baron, 292 

Thmwver, Rev., 2iB6 

Theed. Mr., 341 ; Wm., 323 

Theobald, Mr., 993 

Thorn, Mr., 14(5, 304 

Thomas, Ann, 273. 274 ; Anthony, 75, 
qo8 ; F. F., 296, 297,^8 ; Geo., 19; 
Morgan, 19 ; Rees Goring, 18, 19, 

34-36* 9a. 94-97. 100. 101. 109. "o. 
112. 114, 116, 119, 12a, 177, 299. 205, 

228. 233. 235 283, 314, 3x9 : S.. 94; 

Mrs,, 81. 114. 283 
Thompson, W., D.D.. xxi, 306 : W. J., 

18, 139, 140, X46, 238, 301-303, 3x4 
Tbombury, Hy., 63, 64, 70 
Thorokl, Bishop, 153 
Thrale, Mrs., 225 
Ticknor, Mr., 323 
Tilley, W. J., 904, 205 
Timson, Hy., 292 ; J. P., 324 ; W., 82, 

83, a2C. 270, 27X. 312, 319 
Tindal, Mary, 93 
Tingria, SibUU de, 3 
Upton, W., 37, 38, 308 
Tirrell. Jas., X97 
TocUve, Bi^p, 3, 22, 24 
Toropson, Baron, 94 ; Roger. 9 
Tonbridge, R. de, i 
Toogood. Alfred, X28; Annie. X28: 

Charles. 128 ; EUa. 128 ; Emma, 

128; Harriet, 128; Jane, 128; Jas., 

128: Mary, X28: Junr., 128; Sarah, 

128: Titus, 128, 130; junr, X28; 

Wm., X28 
Torine, Wido., 69 
Towle, Rev. Mr., 286 
Townlcy, Rev. NIr., 993 
Townsend, Jas. , 2x8 
Toser, Rev. J., 283, 296 
Trash, Gea. 326 
Tregagle, Letitia. 346 
Treheme, Mr.. 304 
Trdoar, Mr., i8x 
Trery, Mr., X79, 180, 198 ; Chas, 139; 

C. F.. 320, 325 : John, 97, 33X 
Triggs, Thos., 217 
TrimtesUMi {TrimUsiotm), Lord, 58, 

X94, 19^, 260-262, 964 
Trisdale, Mrs, 921 
TriitoD, Mr., X35 
Tristram, 'Jane, 93 
Tritton, Geo., 214 

Troadaway ( Treadway^ Tredway), 

Mary, 219: Wm., 219 
Trotter, John, 2x7 
Tucker, Mrs., 230 
Tuggy, Mr., 50, X94; Richd., 56, 60, 

170. 311, 3«7. 3^4 
Turle, Mr., 35 
Turner, Guiliemus, 31 ; Jas. , 32 ; Rev. 

John. 290 ; Laetitiae, 31 , 32 Letitia, 

346; Timothy, 30-32, 49, 167, 186, 

190. 208. 242, 307, 341, 346 
Turpin, Mr., 85, 86 ; Jas., 65, 319, 331 ; 

Jos., 27X ; W., 88, 89 
Tutin, Mr., 65 
Twelves, Mr., 212 
Twine, Edw., 53 
Tyrrell, Wm., 218. 27X, 274 

Uffbld. Elisabeth, 218 

Valerianus, Prior, 99, 306 

Vane, Mr., 67 

Vant, Mr., 149 

Varley ( K4?r/py), C, 332; Jas., X7, 30, 

310, 316, 323 ; Rebecca, 69, 80 
Varlow, Jas., 247 
Vaughan, John, 217 
Venables, Alderman, XX2. 122, 235, 292 
Veotrice, Martha, 225 ; Wm. , 225 
Vernon. Mr., xio 
Vetram, Thos., 7 
Victoria, Queen, xxvi, 132, 133 
Vidler, Edw., 78, 249, 394. 333 
Vincent, Thos. , 56, 9X9, 307 

Wadderspoon (Weaikerspoon), Jas., 

X39 : Boy of, 180 
Waddington. John, xxi 
Wagland, Chas., 999 
Wagnell, Ann, 995 ; Isaac, 918 ; 

Martha, 99^ 
Wake, Archbishop, 986 
Walford, Edw., xx 
Walker, Mr., xy^as., 97 ; John, xxvii, 

46 : Jos., 36 ; Thos., 70, 71, 990, 949. 

wX,tS;rr9' ^''' '"^ 

Waller (WelUrY Jas., X98, 199. 319, 
395; S., 177; Sarah, 169; Wm., 70, 
T9, 950-965. 3x9, 518. 394. 331 

Wallis, John, 72 ; Martha, 225 

Wallys. Wm., 306 

Walsh, Hy.. 334 

Walter, Dr., 983 

Walters, Elisabeth, 990.; Thos., 918 

Wanstell (WansHU), Wm., 997, 312, 

Waraker, Rev. J. T., 999, 996. 997 
Ward. Mr., 95; John, 3x9; J. B., 953, 

3x4; W., judv 
washboume, Rer. Davkt 983 
Watduun, John, ais, 331 
Waterhouse, Jooas, 11 

364 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Waters, Wm., aai 
Watkins, Hon. CoL, 46 
Watkinson and Piper, 375 ; Mr. . 275 ; 
G. B., 330; Thos., 118. lao, 905, 

2i5» 275' 3«3. 314. 3«>. 3«a. 3^5 
Watson, John Jas., 308 

Watts. — , 169 


Wauverton, Wm., xx, xa 

Weaver, Mr., 180; Cornelius, 53, 56, 

3x1, 317, 324 ; Thos.. 32X 
Webb, Mr., 103 : Betty, 194 ; Jas., 390; 

Martha, 223 ; Thos. . 195 
Wedge, Rebecca, 222 ; Thos., 217 
Welch, Hy., 300 
Weller, Mrs., 224 
Welles, Robt. de. 306 
Wells. Lord. 384; Edw.. 40; Jas.. 

2x9 ; Sir Robt., 284 ; Wm..^S ; W. 

H.,40; Mrs., X7S 
Welsh. Mr. , 229-231 ; Ann, 103 ; Jane, 

230 ; Robt , 328 
Wendlesworth, W. de, 3 
Wennaid. Susan, 337 
Werke worth, Hy., 306 
West, Benj., 84, 218; Edw., 129, 329; 

Elirabeth, 72; Mary, 2x9, 230; 

Patience, 3x9; Sarah, X95; Thos., 84 
Westcote, Foss, 333 
Westminster, Archbishop of, X33 
Weston, Elizabeth, 333; Robt, 306 
Weston, Mr., 53, 59 
Whale, Jno., 3x8; Wm., 3x4 
Whalley, Mr., 330 
Whateley. A. P., 304 
Wheatland {Whitlan^, Richd.. 49, 

3XX, 243, 3x0. 316, 3x7. 333 ; Mrs., 50 
Wheatley, H. B., xxi, 88x ; Richd., 56, 

60, 65. 313, 342, 3XX, 317, 324, 33X, 

332; Mrs., 70 
Wheedon, John. 32X 
Wheeler, Mr, 323; Geo., 320, 325 
Whelley, J.. 308 

Whichcote, Sir Paul, xs, x6, X87, 208 
Whitcombc, Wm., 218 
White. Mr., 237; F. O., 308 ; G. T., 

154 : Thos., 236 ; W. W., 308 
Whitear, Thos. , 83, 84, 27X, 324 ; Wm., 

270. 273. 3«2, 3x9 
Whitehead, G., 330; W., 33X 
Whitmore, Thos.. 233 
Whittinghara, Mr., 329 
Whitton and Thomas, 233 
Wickham, Catherine, 2x7 
Wicks, Sarah, 218 
Widopp, John, 9, X2 
Wiggins, John, 33X 
Wilders, Wm., 139, X40, 390 
Wilkinson, Geo.. 325; W. 329 
Wilks { Wicks), Hy., 50, 247, 3x7, 324 
Willan, £. M., 308 
Willcox, Mr., 60 ; ffrancis. 70, 262. 3x1. 

318, 324. 33X, 332 

William I., xxx; HI., 299; IV., zzr, 

277. 278, 337 
Williamson, Mr., 136, 238 ; G. C, zzi, 

x6o : Herbert, X42 ; John Houy, X70 ; 

Wm., X39, 278. 320. 322, 325, 326 
Williams, Hy.. 238 ; John. 160. 309. 

3^5. 323 ; Joshua, 304 ; Matt. 222 
Willis, Anne, 227 ; Hann^, 224 ; Thos., 

75, 267, 270. 272, 318. 324 ; Wm., 224 
Willmoit. Daniel. 50, 3x1, 3x7. 324; 

John, X7, 310 
Wills, Thos., 333 
Wilson ( Wi/Ison), Mr., X04, xxo, X89. 

222; Goodman, 332; Francis. 308; 

Jas., 56, 57, 3XX, 3x7, 3x8, 324 ; John, 

X3, 206, 208, 309, 3x5. 3x6, 323 ; Jos.. 

78, 195; Joo-. 313. 325: Mary. 224; 

S.. X65, X7x; W., XX ; Wm., 324; 

Walter, xxi, 289; Wida, x88. X89 
Wilton. Rev. Saul, D.D., 194, 259, aSx, 

289, 393. 396, 398 
Winchester, Bishop of. 3, 33, 34, xi6, 

X30, X3X, X33, 133, 14a, 336 
Winders, Wm., 304, 205, 374, 3x4,320 

Windon, Jas., 2x7 
Wisdom, Thos., 320: Mary, X95 
Wiseman. Archbishop, X33 
Withall. Mr., xoa. 127 
Witney, Rev. J. T. , 300 
Witton, W., 74, 249, 258, 3x2, 318, 

324. 328, 331 
Wombill, W. , xxvii, 293 
Wood. Mr. . x68 ; C J. , 329 ; Isaac. 83, 

27X; John, 6x ; J. E., 336; Richd, 

2XX ; Emma, 289; Miriam, 233; 

Thos. , 220 ; Wm. , 223 
Woodford. Lucy, 22X 
Woodruff, Mary C, 4X 
Wootten, Thos., 229 
Worcester. Bishop of, 286 
Worledg, John, X2 
Worster, Ann, 2x8 
Wren, Mr.. x2o; Goody. 168; Mary, 

93. X79, 22X, 330 ; John, 2x7, 249. 

314, 320, 325, 33X ; Thos., 2x7 ; Wm., 

22X, 275 
Wrench, Tlios. R., 308 
Wright, Bonner and Wright, Xfx ; Jane, 

X98 : Thos. , XX ; Mrs. , 273 
Wulff. F. J., X39 
Wymbledon, R. de, 3 
Wymer, John, 3XX, 3x2. 3x8, 324 
W3m[iple, Robt, xo 
Wyril, Robt, 324 

Yalden, Chas., 320, 325, 330 
Yeatman, Bishop. 336 
Yeats. Mr., X02 
Yeoll, Mary, 22X 

Young, Mr., 232-234, 267; Geo.. 79: 
Jas., 2x7: Thos.. 217; Mrs.. 232 

"Z," xxi, 22 



(Tie/irsI entry on a page only is indexed.) 

AUKDBBN, aSo: -ihlre, aSo; UdItct- 

ACIOQ, 396 

AUenDanbuiy Pollers, a86 

Algeria, 164 

Alicant 15B 

AiDcn Comer, 63, 346 

AmcHcm, aiB 

Amioible Benefit Club. 339 

Anerlej Di^ttiet Schooli, 339 

■'An(tel,"The, jiii, tim.j^iiilKi/rnled, 

">). 347 
Angrona, 157 
Anttey, 387 
Aniipscdobaptliii, a^B 
Apud le Hoo. 34S 
Archangel, 184 
Anesiiin Well. iivi. 349 

Back Church Lane, 141 
'■ Baken' Arms," The, 180 
Balham {Balfkam}. 3, 4 
Bamfield. 346 
EtaDk of England, a8o 
Bapiul Chapel, 399 
BarleinB. 33, 84 
Barie; Close; 346 

Bath. : 


Hni. 346: Meade, 346 

1. J46 

Bal tenet . laS, 146. 318-9 
Bee, St. Mory de, i 
Beddinpon. 370 
Bedford Row. 335. 301 
Bergen-op-ZboD, 387 
Berkihlre, 156 
BetnioDdiej. 387 
Bickenleth Road, 15a 

Nackihaw Road. 149 
Blackwater Bridge, 163 
Blandfofd, 986 
Blelchiaglejr. 333 
Board or Health, 139 

Giand't pnrk. 143 
Brass b»nd(T.-G.). 
Bridge House, 137 

'. 349 

Biirford Bridge. See Atiiiltkam 
Burial Board, 140, 131. 154 
Builey-an-Ihe.Hill, 987 
Buuhe Downe, 9, 346 
Butcher Ley's, 346 
Bull Close, 346 

Cage and Watch-home, 57, 64 ; aod 

slocki, 73 
Calvinitiic Chapel, 180, 399 

ibridge, 389 ; -shire, 988 

.era Club. 348 
Camomile Fieldi, 934, 337 
Carshalion, 318 
CaninEton. 389 
Caiile Baynud Ward, 391 
'■ Castle." The, »vi, 19. 64, 994 
Cfltacombs. vaulii in, 40 
Chancery. Court of, aoB 
Chappel Street {Park Lane), 331 

366 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Charitj Commisstoneri, 143, 150, 939, 
354> ^55 » Schools (see Parochial 
Schools), 137. 149. 153 

Christian Brothers, 349 

Charlwood, 324 

Chase Fields, 346 

Cheam, 197 

Cheapside, 991 

Chelsea, 95, 219. 234 ; Workhouse, zvi 

Chertsey, 2, 3. 4, 21, 188 ; Bridge, 160, 

x6^ ; Charters of, xxix 
heshire. 281 



Cheshunt, 292 ; Collie, 997 

Chevening (Kent), 222 

Chippenham, 287 

Chislehiirst, 229 

Chiswick, 2x9 

Christ's College (Cum.), 989 

Christ Church Hospital 
School, 993 

Church Field, 259, 346 ; House, 348 ; 
Hill, 98; Lauc, 137, 148. 149, 154, 
182 274, 992, 349 ; Moat, 130 ; Street. 
346; Tower. i8a 

Church Institute, Wandsworth Com- 
mon, w 

Church Lads' Brigade, 239 

Church Lane Hall. 239. 256 

Church of England Temperance Society, 

Qapham, 84. 126. 137. 291, 298, 341 

Clare Market, 223 

Clement's Inn, 221 

Coal and Wine Dues, 154 

Coleman Street, 63, 64 ; Schools, 237 ; 

Ward, 280 
CoUingwood Villas, 336 
Colne, 287 
Common Field {Fields), 137, 346 ; 

Gate, 2x0, 259 
Congregational Church, 295-299, 337 
Conservative Club, 348 
Court Rolls, 343 
Coven t Garden, 288 
Coventry, 290 
Crab-tree Field, 346 
Crawley, 218 
Cray ford, 217 
Cripplegate, 222 
Crown Hill, 223 
Croydon, 66, 157, 195, 217, 222, 224, 

Cuba, X73 
Cycling Club, 348 

Dartford, 225 
Dean Street, 70 
de Bee, St. Mary, i 
Deddington (Oxon). 339 
Defoe Road, xxiv, 152 
Derbyshire, xxix, 289 
Devon, 186 ; -shire, 287 
Dimock Meade, 346 

Doctors' Commons, 74 
Dorking, 198, 940 
Dorset, 993 ; -shire, 986 
Downe, 917 
Durham, 133 

East Hedge, 346 

Ebaiy Primes, 46 

Ed^ecote, 984 

Edmburgh, 985, 990 

Eggham Close, 346 

Ely, 986 

Enfield, 993 

Engine House, 77 

Epsom {EHsham), xzx, 145, 169, 228 

Essex, 993, 994 

EweU, 996 

Fairfield House, 993, 349 

Fareham. 98x, 982 

Fambam. 221, 240 

" Faulcon " (Battersea), 2x9 

Ferring, 226 

Fetcham. 286 

Fever Hospital, 95 

Finchley. 32 

Fishmongers Company, 280 

Flanders, 280 

" Fleet," The, 191, 2x8 ; -parsons, 219 

Fleming Meadow, 346 

Footpath Field, 346 

Foster I^ane, 29X 

Fountain, the, XX9 ; road, 336 

Four Acre Field, 346 

France, X76, 260 

Further Sufferfields, 346 

Furzedown, X41 

Galicia, X64 

Garratt, 78, 8x ; Lane, 82, ixo, 129, 130, 

X47. 196, 264, 274, 336 ; trees in, 148 
Gate Field, 346 
Gerey's Meade, xo, 347 
Getinges {early name for Tooting), 

xxix, 21 
Gibling's house, xxvii, 336 {illmstraUd, 

348). 349 
Glasgow, 280. 285 

Glebe Field, XX3 

Gloucester, 185, x86 ; -shire, 288 

Golden Square, 292 

Goldsmiths' Company, 291 

Goodwyn {Gndwyn), 347 

Gospel Hall, 299 

Go wry Mead, 347 

Graveney House, X36 ; River, xvi, i 

Great Busshey Downe, 347 

Great Butcher's Leys, 347 

Great Di mocks, 347 

Great Many Gates. 347 

Greatham, 2x8 

Green Lane, X42, 143, 148 

Greenwich, 223, 224 

IncUx of Localities y InstitutiotiSy etc. 367 

en' Hall, 990 
rafield, 347 

e, The. 300 ; House, 59, 8a, 99a 
Close, 347 ; Field, 347 
dians. Board of, 377, 339 
iford, 199, 240 
Ihall, 391 : Library, xii 

:ney, 293 

mersmith, 382, 383 
psbire. 317. 318, aax, 335, 997 
3ury Hall. 335 

3ver, XXV, xxvi ; Square, 237 
ington, 186 
Street. 298 
ina, 173 
«, X93-194 
fordshire. 334 

I Road. 379 ; Street, xxiv, 153, 256, 
3. 38z. 384 

I Street (Manchester), 234 
Field, 347 ; House, xzvii, 82 {Ulus- 

xted, orjsi), a9a. 33^. 337 
ngdon, 318 
er SulTerfields. 347 
ind. 285 

nes' Meadow, 347 ; Meade, 347 
^ell. 386 

' Trinity (Streathani), 335 
le Meade. 347 ; Mission Society, 
S, 397 ; Office, 154 
[^Howt) Lane, 17, 347 
isey, 331 
ieleydown. 64 
Hedge. 347 
dred Acres. The, 347 
on, 333 

tster. 380 

isure Commissioners, 301-305 

It Pauper Asylum, xxiii. 131 ; 

lools, 143. 148, 354, 303, 303 

r Temple, 387 

ich, 223 

nd, 281, 290 

Mill Field, 347 

railway. 145 

am, 288 

Street Chapel, 235 

dngton Vestry, 140 
I, 47. 217. 222 
isingwood, 47 
l^s at Heathe, 347 
(sdere. 2x7 
f s Langley, 230 
rston. 94. 226, 240, 247 
Jntillocb, 285 

beth Cemetery, Z40, 145; Water 
>.. X4X. x8x 
j's Field, 347 

Leather Lane, 990 

Le Comer House, 347 

Le Frierne Close, 9, 347 

Le Howe. 9. 12. 347 

Leicester Fields, 286 

Leith, 286 

Le Longe Close, 347 

Leominster. 281 

Levant Company. 286 

Lincoln, 284, 289 ; -shire, 284 

Lisle Street. 286 

Little Busshe Downe, 347 

Little Butcher's Leys, 347 

Little Di mocks, 347 

Little Many Gates Field, 347 

Little Warley, 393 

Local Government Board, 146, X47 

Lombard Street, 63, 389 

London, xvi. xxx, 131, 133, 157, 195, 
199, 308, 337, 340, 380-983. 389, 
a90. 295, 337. 340, 345, 346 ; City of, 
340, 387, 346 ; County Council, 19 ; 
Road, 89 ; and S. W. Bank. 149 

Longley Road, 399, 300 

Long Meade. 347 

Longwalk. 387 

Lords. House of, 388, 389 

Loriners' Company, 380 

Lostwithiel. 387 

Lower Bam Field. 23, 347 

Lower Tooting, X84, 185, 989, 993, 339 

Lucem, 157 

Maid Lane, 290 

Maitland (South Australia), 297 

Malaga, 164 

Maltbys {Maltbits) 347 

Manchester, 334 

Manor, of Tooting-Bec. i, 3 ; small, 2 

house, xvi. 347 
Mansion House, 29X 
Many Gates, 9. 347 
Market-place (Kingston), 947 
Marlborough. 226 
Marlborough Head (Croydon), 334 
Marten Lane. 347 
Martinique, 173 
Mary de Bee, Monks of, x 
Maybyes' Close. 343. 347 
Maydenhed, 347 
Mayor's Coun. 39X 
Memorial Hall Library, xii 
Merchant Taylors' Company, 381 
Merton, xvi, lao. 149, X96, 2x7 ; Road, 

X4S. 168, 180, 274, 399 ; Lane, 313 ; 

Bridge. 336 
Metropolitan Asylum Board, 90, 95 ; 

Board of Works, x8, 139, 143. 146 
Mickleham Bridge. 51 
Middlesex, 186, X93-I94, 3x8, 380, 381 

386, 393 
Mission Hall, 999. (See also Calvinistic 


368 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Mitcham {MychamY xxx, z, 63, 64. 86, 
95, 109. 145, ai7, 219-aaa. 334. 225, 
243. 279, 298, 338, 339, 346; Common. 
98; Road, 145, 148, 336; Gas Co., 
141, 151, i8i 

'• Mitre," The, xvi, 61, 63, 105, 106, no, 
234, 273, 292 

Moat, 119 

Molyneux College, xxiv {illustrated ^ 20) 

Morden, 219, 220, 224. 226 

Mortuary, the. 154 

Moyse's Lunatic Asylum, xxiii, 96 

Nag's Head (Putney), 209 
National Schools (see also Charity 
Schools), 138, 143, 148, 227, 239, 254, 

340. 341 
National School Society, 229-239 

Neach Field, 347 

Neates, the, 347 

New Alresford, 225 

Newent, 185, 186 

Newgate Street, 29a 

Newington, 224 

Newmarket, 197 

New River, 288 

New York, 340 

Nicholas Lands, 347 

Norfolk. 225 

Northolt, 286 

North Pole, 348 

Norwich, 286 

Old Bay en, 221 

Old Jewry (Presbyterian Church in), 288 

Old Orchard, 347 

Oliver's Acre, 447 

Oxford, 218, 290 ; -shire, 339 

Oxted, 225 

" Pack Horse" (Turnham Green), 224 

Paris, 173 

Parish Pump, 54, 58, 65. 169 ; Engine, 
64. 68, 69, 72, 83, 109, 125, 139 

Park House, 17, 243 

Park Lane. W., 221 

Parochial Schools, xxvi 

Paternoster Row, 289 

Paul's Wharf. 62 

Pear Tree Field, 347 

Pegasus Avenue, xxiv, 17 

Pit Field, 347 

••Plough." The (P/^), 198 

Pond at the end of Garratt Lane, 82 

Pond Close, 347 ; Field, 347 

Ponilo (?). 263 

Poor House Committee, 273 

Poor Law Board. 140, 149; Commis- 
sioners, 138, 277, 278 

Portsea, 223 

Poultry, the, 282 

Presbyterian Church of England, 298, 

Presbytery of London, 298 
Privy Chamber, 287 
Providence Chapel, 300 
Pump Square. 349 
Putney, 69, 81, i^, 209, 212 

Queenhithe, Ward of, 392 
Queen's Lying-in Hospital. 221 

Ratcliflfe Highway. 78 
Ratepayers' Association, 1^3 
Rectory House (illustrattd, 131), 336 
Rectory, New, 131, 145 ; Lane, 143 
Reigate. 79. 199, 240 
Richmond, 240 

" Rising Sun." The. xvi. xxvi. 19. 105. 
106, no, 139. 143 {illustrated, 144), 

197. 273. 274. 336 
Road field, 347 

Rochester, Diocese of. 24 

Rc^er's Limd. 82 

RoUaston. 289 

Rome, 133 

Rookery, 347 

*• Rosery," The, xxvi, 93, 243, 336 

Royal Society, 288 

Royal Waggon Train (Croydon), 224 

Russell Street, 288 

Russia, 158, 2)34 

St. Andrew's Iron Room, 335 

St. Asaph, 286 

St. Augustine's Mission Church, 335 

St. Austin, Church of, (London), 346 

St. Clement Danes, 223 

St. Dunstan's in the East, 346 

St. George's (Hanover Square), 239 

St. Giles (Camberwell), 225 

St. James's, 221 

St. John's Chapel (Bedford Row). 23s 

St. Joseph's College, 336, 349 

St. Leonard's. See Grove House 

St. Luke's, 197 ; Chelsea, 219 

St. Marie Overie, 3, 21, 23, 24. 306 

St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 218 

St. Marylebone, 222 

St. Mary-le-Bow, 286 

St Nicholas Church, xxiv {illustrated, 

ai. 34) 
St. Olive, Hart Street, 298, 346 

St. Paul's Churchyard, 282 

St. Saviour's, 306 (see also St. Merit 

St. Sepulchre, 222 
St. Thomas's Hospital, 196, 337 
Salisbury, 286 
Salters' Hall Synod, 290 
Salvador Infant Schools, 254 
Salvadors' I^nnd, 82 ; Row, 13X ; House 

{illustrated, xxii), xxvii 
School Board for London, 148, 149, 153. 

239, 254, 280, 339-341 
Schools. Charity. 82, 227*239. 376; 

Index of Localities^ Institutions^ etc. 369 

Elementary, 255 ; Sunday, 239, 255. 

Scotland, xxvi 
Scrivelsby, 5 
Selkirk Rood. 153, 335 
Sergeants' Inn, 291 
Sbeepbouse Field, 347 ; Sheephaws, 

Shepherd's Bush, 221 

Shepherd's Close, 347 

Shipley, 22^ 

Shoulder of Mutton Field, 145 

Skene, 280 

Small Gains Field, 347 

Smith's Mead, 347 

Society, for Enlargement of Churches, 
99 : tor Promoting Christian Know- 
ledge, 23X, 238; of Arts, 293; of 
Jesus, 287 

Somerset House, 191 

Som, 280 

••Sots' Hole," 19 

South Australia, 297 

South Hedge, 347 

South Sea Company, 280 

Southwark, 61. 66. 78, 81 

Southwark and Vauxhall Water Ca, 

Spain. ic8 

Spitalfieids, 65 

Spring Gardens Cofiee House, 221 

Square Field, 347 

Stabb Field, 347 

Suck Yard. 347 

Staffordshire, 97 

Staines, 218 

Stamford. 284 

Staple Field. 347 

Staple Inn, 135 

Stationers' Company, 992 

Steyning, 22a 

Stirling, 286 

Stocks, the, 170 

Stockwell. 292. 293 

Stony Field, 347 ; land, 347 

Stratford, aoo 

Streatbam, i. 15, 48, 60, 64, 79. 81. 86. 

102. 126. 143, 145. 147, 148. 167, 185, 

186, 190, 195, 196, 190, 203, 2x8, 222. 

224-226. 256, 34a: Park. 143, 148; 

Lane, 145, 303 ; Vestry, 148 
Streatham and Tooting Committee, 


Stroud. 288 

Sunbury Place, 29a 

Surrey -^ County Rate Office, 140 ; 
Eastern Division of, 337 ; and Sussex 
Turnpike Roads, 141 ; Hall, 130 ; 
Mission, 282. 297 

Sussex. 223. 226 

Sutton (Kent). 199 

Sutton (Surrey). 7a, 270 

Sweep Road, 141 

Tattersalls. 293 

Thames, 187 

Thames Ditton, 292 

Thetford, 225 

Thorley, 199, 200, 224 

Three Acre Field, 347 

Tooting Bee, xxx, xi, 22, 343 ; Road, 
304 : Manor of, x 

Tootin^-Graveney, modes of spelling: 
TuttH, xxx, 166, 186: Tutting' 
Graveny, 184 ; TootiH-Graveny, 192, 
193 ; GetingeSt xxix ; Totimj^e, xxx ; 
7'oottin^, xxx ; Tototing^ xxx ; Tot' 
ing^ 338 ; Brass Band, 15X ; BaUkam 
and Brixton Railway, 153 ; Comer ^ 
xxiii, X33 {illmstrated, 348); Com- 
mon, 105, 112, X48 (and Chapter 
XIII.); Preservation Society, 304; 
Cricket Club, xsi, IM, 33J, 348 
($ee also Conservative Club, Camera 
Club, Cycle Club) ; Green, 88, 10^, 
129, 295 ; Grove, 149 ; Hall, xxvii 
{illustrated, 257) ; Heathe, xo ; Houu, 
349 ; Lodge, X9, 20 ; Workhouse, 224 
(and Chapter X. ) ; Upper, 8, 132 

Top HiU Field, 347 

Topsham, x86 

Totterdown, 14X. 347, 349 

Tower, the, 287, 288 
' Town Mailing. 236 

Town pond, 58, 72. 83. 88 ; pump (see 
Parisk Pump) ; well. 209, 2xr 

Tramway Company, 154 

Turkey, 163, 164 

Tumham Green, 224 

Turnpike Trust, 93, xoa, 268 

Twelve Acre Field, 347 

Two Acre Fiekl, 347 

United Provinces, 285 
Upper Bam Fiekl, 23. 347 
Upper Hereward Road, 336 
Upper Park Field, 23. 347 

Vant Road, 148, 149, 243 

Vauxhall Road, 228 

Vestry HaU, 280 

Vestry of Tooting Chapel, 297 

Vestry Room, 78 

Vicar's Busshes, xo, 347 

Wadham College, 286 

Wallington, 220 

Walthamstow. 288 

Walworth. 286 

Wandle, River, zvi 

Wandsworth, x, 105. 126, 145. 154, 201, 
220, 221, 240 ; Common, y^ ; wands- 
worth and Clapbam Union, 151, 278, 
349: District Board, X4X, 143. 148, 
X50, XC2, 154. 2x5. 339; Lane, 2x3 

Wash of the Pood, 91 

Watch House, 71, 98 


370 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Wate. The. 347 

Waterfall House, 145 

Weigh House, 293 

Weybridge, 223 

West Clandon, 196 

Westfiekl {laU Vicar's BmssMes), 347 

West Ham, 319 

West Meath, az8 

Westminster, 133. 156, 225. 237. 284 ; 

Abbey, i, a (singers from), 35 ; Fire 

Office. 182 
Wharfhill, 222 
Whitchurch, 297 
Whitechapel. 2x9, 226 
WhitehaU. 284 
Widows* Close, 347 
Wilson's dore (door), 2Z0 
Maitshire, 226 
Wimbledon, 223 
Wimbome, 223 

Winchester Diocese, 3, 24; Register, 

Windsor Farm. 191 
•' Windward," The. 348 
Wombill's House, xxvii {iUusiratti, 

Woodhay, 156 

Woodlands, the, 107 ; Wood's Lands, 


rbbdstock, 57, 281 
Woolwich, 72. 87 
Worcester. 286 
Workhouse. 36, 87. 257-279, 342 ; In- 

firmary. 86 ; Garden. 96 
Working Men's Qub. 348; Medical 

Aid Association, 348 
Wynyards, 347 

York House, 287 
Yorkshire, 288 


Alk-cohhus (tlpplen), 9, 97 ; dntie* 

of. 331 ; Usi of, ^ 
Mien. Dr. , wriia to the ituiy concent- 

iDf («s, 79 
Alaig>T, Ricbd. , ooie concerning. 337 
* ~'?-3f'. 

I. Rev. W., D.D., biogntphr, 

Apothecar;, appoiDted, 93 ; dutiei of, 

3M ; litl of, 333 
A^Iebj. Dorottaj, Chuit]i, 956 
Apprrotios. pajmeot for, 41S, 49, ji, 53, 
54, 58. 6t, 6a, 64, 65, 70, 7* 74, 77, 
79, Bi, 84, flj. 169-171, 195 i eilni 

Aitewan Well Compuij, 147 

bail* of. 103, KM : o( 1654, ao6, 307 
AiriManl Contd. Uit of, 307 

chuki at, 311 : ""t'"™'"^ decline 10 
•llow mIu; of. 131, 3oa 

Aijinnu Board. Sei Meliopolitin 
AodiKn. Rnc elected, 139; miautebook 

of, 304; Iniinict OT c ra ttra u 

w goodi, S05 : mrveyon' 

BateiuM, Mn., alnuhonses, 17, 167. 

Balenuin. Sir Jas., charity of, 51, s3, 
61, 7a, 87, 167, 170. 346, 347 ; enilo- 
sure by. 165; bit^mphy of, -"- ■ 

«. 54. 73. " 

ing family of. 341 
73. 103. 138. 143. 181, 376; 
auui. uf. illustrated. 43: Sunday 
and olheTwiM, list of, 339. 3^ 
Bell, hanging of, S7 : mum name. 

•el, 304: n 

Belds. 136-138 : allowed In d: 

footpalb, 149 
Jeltx V. Thompson, xil, 301-305 ; coun 
solution ol general com 

; jtidgmenl in, and In ap 

peal, lo be seal 10 the veiiiy clerk. 305 

lEtoIt lo be enteml Ip the tninula of 

the KStry, 146 
Bickley's Gift. 343, 144 
BictoeU, W., letter 10 Mr. Lord, 89 
Hogiaphiei and bk^raphlca] notea : 

•-'-Ton, W., 3S0; Bateman, Sit 
380 : Bcdton, Sir W., 181 : 

383 -, Etymokei 


Calberine, Maigant 383 -, Dymoke, 
Sir John. Sir Phillip. Sir Thomas, 
3S3 : Sta' Robert, Sir Edward. Roben, 
Sir Edward, 384 : Freeman. F.. 384 : 
Hebdoa.SirJohii, 984: Henry, Wm., 
ponnJt,a85; Kingibury, Wm., 386; 
yUe, Dr., bS6 ; Maaduit. laaac. 387 : 
Maynard. Sir John. sSy: Mile*, Eh-.. 
aSB; Nonh and Grry, Lord. 389; 
Oldfield, Dr., portrait, 389, 39a; 
Phimbe. S., 191. 999 i Roper-Cunon, 
993; Venablei, Alderman. 993; 
Waiakcr, Rer. I. T., 999^ Wilion, 
S., 99a: Lord, W., note on, 893; 
I«n), Dr., note 00, 993; Wombfl), 

24 — 2 

372 The History of Tooting- Graveney. 

Bird's enclosure, 138 

Blake family to be removed, 104 

Blegborougb, R., enclosure by, 106, 
107, 109 

Board of Health, order as to depth of 
graves, 139 

Bodleian Library, Oxford, Valor Benijl- 
ciorum in, 24 

Bolton. Sir W., biofpraphy, 281 ; enclo- 
sure by, 12 

Bond's enclosure, 10 

Bordars, definition of, 3 

Boundary of the parish, x ; beating of, 
86, 102, 103, 130, 131, 143; dispute 
with Streatham, 143 ; as walked in 
1868 to be sustained, 145 ; expense of, 

Bowden, James, biography, 281 ; 
founder of the Surrey Mission. 282; 
Elizabeth, funeral sermon on, 282 ; 
wife of, keeps a boarding-school, 282 

Brady, Rev. Nicholas, a defaulter in his 
church rate, 168 

Brand, Isaac, charity of, 58, 61, 69, 82, 
128, 129. 244-246 ; cotmsel's opinion 
on the recovery of, 245, 246 

Brass in the church, illustrated, 32 

Bread, Avam's gift of, 250 

Bricklayer's Bill in X701, 209 

Bridge's Trust. 250 

Briefs, 188, 338. See also Church Briefs 

Brown, Mr., enclosure, 92 

Brown Willis papers, reference to, 23 

Buckingham's enclosure, 13 

Burglary, society for detection of felons 
suggested, no 

Burial Board, elected, 140; resigns, 
151 ; suggestion to appoint, 154 

Burial cloth (gift of Lady Maynard) not 
to be lent out of the parish. 162 

Bum's, * J ustice of the Peace," to be pur- 
chased, 73 

Calendar of State Papers, extract, from, 

Camomile fields, school girls not to 

work in, 234 ; boys at work in, 237 
Canxcate, value of, 2 
ChapeU See Independent Baptist, etc. 
Chapman's enclosure, xxvi ; illustrated, 

Charities, Chapter VIII. (240-256) ; 51, 

53. 54. 71. 79. 81, 87, no, n8, 133, 
150, 152, 163-165 
Charity Schools, history of, 227-239; 
waste given to, by the Lord of the 
Manor, 137 ; donations to, 227-239 ; 
trustees of, can fill up vacancies, 150; 
trustees to be parishioners. 229; 
parents of children disrespectful, 230 ; 
master reprimanded for punishing a 
boy too severely, 232 ; to be enlarged, 
232, 238 ; Dr. Ravenhill appointed 

treasurer, 229; Rev. J. R Marsden 
appointed treasurer, 234 ; Rev. R. W. 
Greaves appointed treasurer. 237 ; 
girls to be induced to do house-work. 
235 ; less to be spent on the girls' 
clothing, 236 : boys to be expelled for 
breaking windows, 238; illustrated, 

Chertsey, charters of, 21 

Chishall's ** Antiquiutis Asiatica," 287 

Chivers* Gift, 87, 250 

Cholera epidemic, xxiii. 131 

Church, rate book(i838-i854), i78-i8i; 
candles, last year used in, 181 ; com- 
position allowed on rate, 139 ; Lane 
enclosure, Wandsworth Board of 
Works asked to take action in refer- 
ence to, 154 ; windows broken bjr 
boys, 180 : briefs, 157, 164, 185, z86; 
old. xxiv. XXV ; illustrated, 21. 34; 
value of hving (1292), 24 ; (1658-1678). 
24; vaults in the catacombs, 40; 
steeple to be put in repair, .50; Mr. 
Rogers presents a chandelier, 174: 
pew-openers, appointment of, 93 ; list 
of. and duties, 330 ; pews in, free to 
parishioners, 96; pensioners of the 
charities to attend. 53-62 ; "The 
Salvator" as altar-piece. 36; chancel 
the rector's property, 96 ; brass in, to 
record the erection of Uie chancel, 38 ; 
enlargements of, 36. 74, 76. 93, 99. 
112, 1 13 ; reseating of, 153 ; repaired, 
83. 139. 142. i6d. 174 ; goods of, 25, 
26, 171 ; goods stolen. 25 ; ceni6cate 
of, 28 ; sales of, 28 ; plate, 41, 45. 48* 
340 ; commission temp. Edw. VI., 
P. R.O., extract from, 25 ; moat to be 
filled in, 130; House, Aldis Street, 
36 ; memorial windows in, Clarke, 
37 ; Carter, 37 ; new, cost of, 117 i 
stone laying, 118; faculty for. xao; 
consecration, 120 ; report of com- 
mittee on, 121. 122 ; galleries used by 
schools to be restored to the parish, 
in ; yard fence to be repaired, 68, 
71. 72. 119 ; committee upon enlarg- 
ing the churchyard, 152 ; yard en- 
larged, 104 140, 146; lands of, 
aliened. 22; bell to be rung after 
service, 109, 337 ; sittings allotted in, 
in, 112 ; gallery to be enlarged, 169; 
rate, composition on. discontinued, 
129 ; Merry declines to pay, 57 ; de- 
faulters to be proceeded against. ia6 : 
Mickleham Bridge call to be paid out 
of. 51 ; history of parish church, 2I-44- 
See also Churchwardens 

Churchwardens, selections frwn bocdcs 
of (1646- 1687), 155-X64; (1687-1742)' 
164-171 ; (1743-1786). 171-175; i'^^^ 
1803). 175. 176; (1816-1826), 176-178: 
(18731896), 181, 182 : goods in hands 

General Index. 


of, 45, 48 ; to mend the gutters of the 
church, 53 ; to relieve random poor, 
54 ; Draper to settle his accounts as. 
54 ; to wait on Mr. Brady, 55 ; to 
provide napkin and tablecloth for the 
Communion table, 55: to wait on 
Percival Lewis, 56 ; to alter pews, 59 ; 
to charge entrance fees, 137; to remove 
posts on the common, 14a ; election 
of, by •• elected vestry," questioned 
by the Rector, 152 ; not to spend more 

. than 40s. beyond the assessment for 
the year, without the consent of the 
vestry. 16a; to hand over deed of 
conveyance of the workhouse to the 
guardians, 977; legal question as to 
the election of, 314 ; last elected by 
(elected) vestry, 3x4 

Coal and wine dues, vestry in favour of, 

CoUett, Elixabeth. Charity, 254 

Colt's enclosure, 17 

Common, Tooting-Graveney, accident 

on, 87; rights, 6^; keepers' fees, 

Coogreve, Rev. John, sermons by. 340 

Constables, list and duties of, 333, 333 ; 
first appointed. 54 ; paid for prevent- 
ing gambling in public-houses, aoi 
Contents, table of. ix 
Coombes family, money raised for emi- 
gration of, 130 
Costello, B., obtains a grant of free 

warren, 4 
Costermongers, crusade against, 153 
Cotton MS. , reference to, 54 
Court baron. Set Frankpuxige 
Court Rolls, extracts from, 343, 344 
CowdrV. Richard, enclosure by, xa 
Coxe. Richard, Knight, holds a view of 

frankpledge, xa 
CUpbam suggest applying to Parlia- 
ment for lighting and watching 
powers, 84 
Clarke, Maria Jane, Memorial Charity, 

Clarke. Stephenson. Charity, 353. 254 
Clock-winders, list and duties of, 334 ; 

appointment of, for three years, X38 
Curates, assistant, list of, 307 ; resident, 

wanted, 55 

Dawes' enclosure, xxvi, 96 

Deed, witnesses to, 3 

Defence Rate, defiaulters in. 197, 198 

Defoe. Daniel, not a resident, 299 

de Gravenal, Richard, witness to a deed. 
3. 4 : land of, given to Denis, 4 ; land 
restored to, 4 ; variations in the spel- 
ling of, 4 

Demesne, definition of, 3 

Deodand. A. 18 

Dmncrs, Easier. Visitation, Christmas, 

etc., allowance for, 55, 56, 62, 118, 
17X, X73. X74, 234. a6i 
Dissenting Churches, 395-300 ; Congre- 
gatioiua. 395-299 ; Mission Hall, 399 ; 
Gospel Hail, 399 ; Baptist, 399, 300 
District Board, representatives to, list 

of, 336 : first elected, 130 
Dolce Carlo, Salvator, as altar-piece, 36 
Domesday Book, xvi, xxx, 1-3 
Drouet, Mr., enclosure by, 130 ; houses 
removed, 131 ; Charles Dickens's re- 
ference to epidemic in, xxviii 
Dudson. EL, gift to the poor, 187 ; en- 
closure by. 13 
Dugdale, quotation from, 3i, 340 
Dymoke family, pedigree of, 5; bio- 
graphies of, 383 

Earthquake of 1749, 289 

Educational charities, 354-356 

Edward VI. gives advowson to Edward 
Fynes, 33 

Elizabeth, Queen, visits Tooting, xo ; 
grants the manor to James Harring- 
ton, 10 

Elliott, Mr., enclosure. 96 ; serves writ 
on the overseers, 151 

Elm-trees claimed by the lord of the 
manor, 10 ; value of, xo 

Encroachments and enclosures. Parson, 
7; Lewesey. 8; Heron. 9; Widropp, 
o; Bonde, xo ; Wauvenon, xx. X3 ; 
Haxelbrigge. xx ; Worledg. X3 ; Cow- 
dry. X2 ; Bolton, 13 ; E>udson, X2 ; 
Gearing, 13. X4. x6i ; Buckingham, 
13 ; Maynard, Lady, X3 ; Hebdon, 
14, x6x ; Man, 17 ; Willmott, 17 ,* 
Colt. 17 ; Salvador, 59 ; Lee, 78 ; 
Rose. 85. 86, 340 ; Brown. 93 ; Baring, 
89 ; Hicks. 88, 3x4 ; Thomas, xxvi, 

?2, XX4 ; Elliott. 96 ; Dawes, xxvi. 96 ; 
'orter. xo6 ; Bleg borough. xo6. X07, 
109 ; Grellier, xo6 ; Wilson, xio ; 
Puddock. x3o; Chapman, xxvi, X15; 
Drouet, 130; Fuller, 133, X34. X36, 
339; Judkins, X34, 136, 339; Bens, 
x^6.X39; Bird, 138; "Mitre" X47 ; 
White, X54 ; Baieman, 165 ; Thomp- 
son, 30X 

Endebrook's Gift distributed, X63 

Equalization of rates, 140 

Examinations, Book of, 3x6-336 ; of 
Eliza Gibson, 66 

Exchequer Loan Office lends money to- 
wards rebuilding the church, XX3, xr6, 

Exciseman claims exemption from rates, 

Extra notes and errata, 335, 349 

Fees, burial, revised, 143 
Fences to be erected to lands adjoining 
the common. 9 

374 ^/'^ History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Field and place names, 347 

Fines paid to escape service of parish 

officers, 63 
Fire buckets to be purchased, 84 
Fire-escape to be handed to the Met 

Board of Works. 139 
Fiuwilliam brass, xxv ; illustrated, 52 ; 

arms described, xxv 
Fleet marriages, reference to, 191 
Floods, cause of, 108 
Footpaths, out of repah*, 6z 
Forster's Education Act adopted, 146 
Frankpledge, view of, 6, 8-19 
Freeman, F., biography, 284; sermons 

by, 284 
French Protestants* relief (collection 

for), 157 
Fuller, enclosure by, 133-136 
Furse, 6nes for cutting, 6-8, la, 14 ; 

parish right to, for use of poorhouse, 


Gadsden and Treheme, letter from, in 
ref«9vnce to '* Betts v. Thompson," 

Garratt Lane, trees to be removed, 143 

Garrood, to be compensated for damage 
to crops, 369 

Gasquet. Dr., quoted, 33 

Gate to be erected at the end of Church 
Lane. 58 

Gearing, enclosure bv. 13, 14, 161 ; 
pays fine rather than act as Ch: 
Warden, x6i 

Gentleman s Magazine^ reference to, 
xxix, 286 

Gibbon, Edw. , note concerning, 212 

Gibling's House, xxviii ; illustrated, 348 

Gibson, Archdeacon, visitation (1711). 
28, 29 

Gift of a manor to St Peter's. West- 
minster, 2 ; to St Marie Overie, 3 

Glass, stained, in the church windows, 

37. 38 

Goddard, Mrs. (schoolmistress), pen- 
sioned. 94, 230 

Goodhart's. Mr., ponds, vestry resolu- 
tion conceminf;, 103 

Goodman and Goody, note as to term 

of. 47 
Grantham, Capt. , pays fine as a relief 

from parish offices, 164 
Gravel-dif!:gers not to dig so near the 

highvia^, 98 
Gravel, pits to be rated. 140 ; fines for 

taking, 6-8 ; Streatham pajrs for, 48, 

185, 186 ; not to be sold outside the 

parish, 167 
Gravenel. See de Gravenel 
Great coats for inmates of workhouses. 

Great Frost. 1683-1684, relief for poor 
during. 187 

Greaves, Rev. W., note ooooeming, 339 
Green (Tooling). See Tooting Gttea 
Grellier Miss, action against smreyois. 

108 ; enclosure by, 106 
Guardians, list of, 322 ; pefsons having 
acted as, to be excused serriog ocber 
offices, 127 ; to be dected same time 
as the overseers. 137 ; to be redooed 
to one, 146 ; election of, 147 ; poblie 
meeting concerning. 154 ; Bond of. 
ask for too raudi money, 123, 124: 
menxnial to, 126 

Hart's case, 81 

Harvey and Oldham. Messn., ooovem- 

tion between, xox 
Hayward, or Haywood, FHiahftb, 

foods of the late, to be given toSandi 
"Enfold. 273 

Hadebrigge. enclosure by, 11 

Headboroughs. list of . 331 ; to take Mn 
Miles before the justices. 55; descrip- 
tion of candidates for office of. 212. 
213; beadle and bellman a4>poinied, 
83 ; list amended. 97 

Hebdon. enclosure by, 14. t6x : graot 
of seat in the church to. 162 ; widov 
has pew provided for her, 162 ; Sir 
John, biofiiraphy of, 284: extrut 
from Pepys' Diary concerning. 284 

Hedges and fences, re«-ard oikred for 
convictk>n of persons damagini^. 63 

Hempe not to be put in the ponds. 8 

Henry, Rev. Wm., biography, with 
portrait, 285 

Henry VIII. and English Monasteries 
quoted. 23 

Heron, enclosure by. 9 

Hicks enclosure, xxvi. 88 ; plan of, 91. 

Hide of land, definition of. 2 

High Constable, letter from magistntes 
concerning, 102 

Highway surveyors, list of, 322 ; books 
(1654-1722). ao6-2io ; (1724-1760). 
210-2x5; (1825-1839). 2x5; loreawe 
obstacles in footpaths, 98; not to 
treat parishioners, xxo; bill (i7^)f 


Highwa3rs. value of personal work on. 

210, 2XX 

Hill House, xxviii; illttstrated. 279; 

building of. see Chapter X. 
History of Tooting, lecture 00, by S. 

£. Lambert, X53 
Hoggart's gift. 252 
Hogs (hogges). owners to be in d fa t rd . 

Holy Cross, brethren of. 22 

Homilies, book of, bought, 162 

Houghton. W.. declines to take office 

of vestry clerk at reduced salary, 


General Index. 


tn capite, definition of, a 
Independent Chapel \see Dissenting 

churches), burials in the grounds o^ 

298 ; baptismal register, 298 ; Joins 

the Presbyterian b<xly, 298 ; in Court 

of Chancery, 298 
Infant school, purchased for a Vestry 

Hall, 149 
Inmates (paupers) to produce certificate, 

51 ; to pay highway rate, aio 
Institutions. 338. 339 
Introduction, xiii-xvii 
Inwood's case between Streatham and 

'looting. 79, 83. 19s 

Judkins, Mr., enclosure by, 134. 136, 

Justices to be told the footpaths are 

dangerous. 109; surcharge accounts, 


Kemp family, extra note, 342 
Kenneth, Dr., " Parochial Antiquities," 

note from, 24 
Kensington Vestry and equalisation of 

rates, 140 
King's Arms (Chas. I.), defaced, 156 ; 

new ones (Chas. II.) purchased, 160 
Kingsbury, Wni. biography, 286 
Knight's fee, value of, 4 

Lambert's lecture on Tooting, xii ; foot- 
note from. 87 

Lambeth cemetery assessed, 140 

Landlords to compound for houses of 
£\ii and under, 130 

Lauder, Widow, pewter taken by dis- 
tress, 59 

Lawes subversion, reference to. 287 

Lean, Charles, to make a pew to be 
attached to his house for ever, 165 

Lee, enclosure by, 78 

Legal decision, as to a settlement. 66 

Levant and Couchant, term defined, 

Lewesey. enclosure by. 8 

Library for the National Schools estab- 
hshed, 238 

Lisle. SamI , D.D.. ED.. M.A.. EA.. 
Archdeacon of Canterbury, Bishop of 
St. Asaph and Norwich, biography of, 

Lodgers, not to be entertained without 
notice. 18 ; householders taking such 
to be proceeded against, 51. 61, 65, 

London, the church in the diocese of, 24 

Lord of the Manor to support the right 
of parishioners to commonage. 71 

Lord. Waller, biographical note. 293 ; 
resigns oflfice as Churchwarden, 217 ; 
Dr. S. C. biographical note, 293; pre- 
sentation to. 35 

Loseley MS., extiact from, 26 

Lower Tooting, term first used by 

vestry clerk, 87 
Loyalists, compounding, note of, 337 
Lucas, memorial window. 37 
Lucas, Mr., thanked by the vestry for 

pulling down old houses, 131 ; offers 

to redeem rentcharge in favour of 

Congregational chapel, 297 

MacAdam, John, note concerning, 214 
Mad dogs, regulations respecting, 63, 

Maimed soldiers and sailors, relief of, 

Man Charity, 58, 60, 70, 247 : enclosure, 

Manduit, Isaac, biography of, 287 ; dis- 
course upon the Trinity by, 287 

Manor, history of, 1-20 ; value of, a. 5 

Manors, three at the time of the Con- 
quest, I 

Map of the parish, description of, 336 

Marshall's case, 85 

Maynard, Sir John, biography of, 287 ; 
and PresbjTterianisro, 987 ; charity of, 
50-53. 61, 69, 82, 161, 163, 164, 168, 
183, 184, 187-190, 241, 24a; Lady, 
enclosure by, i^ 

Metropolitan Asylums Board purchases 
Tooling Lodge, 20 

Metropoliuin Police Act, the parish 
desires relief from, 116 

Midgee, Mr., account as overseer in 
detail, 188 

Miles, Dr. Hy., F.R.S., biography of. 
288 : funeral sermon on, 289 ; contri- 
butor to ' * Philosophical Tranbac- 
tions," 289 ; nuurriage of, 289 

Militia, substitutes for, 65. 174 

Mmute Book of Congregational Church, 

*• Mitre," The. enclosure by owners of. 
Z47 ; the parish agrees to accept com- 
pensation for, 148 

Molyneux cottages, illiistrated. 20 

Monuments in th** old church, 31-34, 
338 ; new church, 38-40 

Mortuary, the parish does not desire, 
coroner's action thereon, 154 

Moyse's Lunatic Asylum to be opposed, 

Name, origin of, xxix, zxx ; note con- 
cerning, 339 

National Defence, failure of parish to 
raise men, fine imposed, 85 

National Schools, 134. »7-239 (jm also 
Charity School>) ; minutes of, 227- 
239, 340 ; master not to take payment 
from parents. 228, 229 

Nelson's victories, thanksgiving collec- 
tion, 86 

376 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

" Nevill, Testa de." note from, 4 
Noel, Rev. and Hon. W. Baptist, note 

concerning, 235 
North and Grey, Lord, biography of, 

Notes on illustrations, xxiii-xxvii 
Nuisances Removal Act, 138 

Oades, Goodman, inventory of goods, 

OflRensive ditch, in Garxatt Lane, to be 
covered in, 129 

Old bills, copies of, 341, 342 

Oldfield, Dr., biography and portrait, 
289-291 ; works of, 291 

Organ. 36; described, 44; how ob- 
tained, 11^ ; to bt repaired, 13Z 

Organists, list of, 329; to be elected, 
100, no. 129; duties of. xoo, 328 

Outdoor relief, those receiving, to have 
their names posted in a puhUc place, 

Overseers [see also Assistant Overseers), 

books, extracts from (1661-1692). 183- 
187 ; (1692-X726). 187-191 ; (1757. 
1766), 194; (1774-1777). I94f 19s; 
(1777.1786), 195. 196; {i793-'798). 
197; (poor rate, 180X-Z824), i97>2ox ; 
(1824-1838). 201-203 ( 1839- X847). 204, 
205 ; to prosecute Ansell, 55 ; paid, 
to be appointed. 97 ; riiagistrates de- 
cline to sanction payment of assistant, 
121, 202 ; one to be reappointei each 
year. 137 ; justices order appointing 
of. X58 ; to divide their accounts so 
that the parishioners appear distinct 
from other expenses, 188 ; list of, 315 
Owners, to be rated. 95, xxo; to supply 
water, 137 

Palmerston, Viscount, note concerning, 

Palmer, Thos., disbursements for, in 

detail, 196 
Papal aggression, meeting against, 132, 

Parish, chest, 45, 56, 80, 85, 162 ; 
church, 21-44 {'^^^ <^^o Church) ; 
Magazine, quotation from. 22. 34, 
35 ; indemnifies the parish officers for 
taking steps to prevent encroach- 
ments, 93 ; perambulation of, 86. 
100. 102, 273 ; clerks, list of. 328 ; 
duties of defined, 328 ; scale of fees, 
7Q, 103 ; new duties of, 93, 109 ; 
meeting, agrees to apprentice W. 
Hausman, 49 ; house, 52, 54, 61, 64 ; 
officers, to be elected at Easter, iio ; 
salaries, how to be paid. 124-126 ; 
list of, 306-334 ; records consulted, 
xix-xxi ; constable. 332 : engine to be 
sold. 139 ; list of keepers and duties 
of. 333 

Parliamentary survm, 23. 24 
Parochial schools {set also Nadonal, 
Infant, and Charity), zxxi ; Infiut, 

Parson, encroachment by, 7 ; cattle of, 

stray, 7 
Pauper children boarded out, 191 
Pauperism, burden of, in the land, 258 
Payne's "Old EngUsh Catb<^c Amis- 
sions," quoted, 171 
People's warden, contest for office of, 

Pepys, Samuel, reference to * * Diaiy " of, 

281, 284 
Phillips, Mr., desires to extend a road 

on the common, 148 
Plate. 5«f Church Plate 
Plumbe, Samuel, biography of, 291 ; 

anecdotes of, 291. 292 ; action against, 

Poles cut. fine for, 9 
Poor law, origin of, 258 
Poor rate (X729), 50 ; Easter dinner to 

be paid out of, 55; Minute-book 

(1825-1834). 274-276(1834-1836), 276, 

Poor to be farmed out, 63, 67, lai; 

suggested explo]rment of. 87 
Porter, Mr., enclosure, 106 
Powell Bequest, 238, 239 
Preface, xi. xii 
Public houses sufficient for the needs of 

the parish. 146 ; to serve wine for use 

of the church in turn, 54 
Public Record Office, extracts from. 25 

Quarrel between Young and Smart, 233 

Rateable value, 347 

Rate-collector, 334 

Ratepayers' meetings, minutes of (1853- 

1869). 132-139 
Rates, in arrears. 8.s, no ; excused m 

consequence of age. 104 ; charged oa 

full rent 73 
Random poor to he relieved by the 

churchwardens. 54 
Ravenhill. Dr.. charity of, 252 ; gift to 

the National Schools, 133, 235: 

sudden death of, 36 
Rectors, list of, previous to dissoluti<»i 

of the monasteries, 306 ; since, 307 
Reccor to make a gate, 6 ; beasts not 

to wander, 8 ; chancel, the property 

of, 96 ; offers land to enlarge the 

churchyard, 146 
Rectory, Old, xxvi ; illustrated, 131 
Recusants, note concerning, 337 
Reding, family of, case before the 

justices, 192-194 
Refreshments for Vestry, 52, 54, 57, 61, 

Registers, extracts from, 344-346 

General Index. 


Rent, amount of, entered in Church- 
wardens' Books, z68 

Repertory (17x1), xxv ; (illustrated, 28) 
28. 39. 48. z66 

Resurrection men, 98 

Rice, Morgan, owns the manor, 17 ; 
note concerning, 213 ; oflfers ground 
for a workhouse, 36JB ; conveys the 
ground to the parish. 272 

Rich, Geo., vote of condolence from the 
Vestry to the family of, 157 

" Rising Sun," The, xxvi ; nre at, 143 ; 
illustrated, 144 

Roads, repairing of, 57, ^8, iix : com- 
plaints as to condition ol, 98, Z02, iix, 

Rods, penalty for catting, 9 

Rogers, Mr., -gift of, 80. 82, 87, 248- 
350 ; gives a chandelier for use in the 
church. X74 

Rogers. Roger (ale-coimer), note con- 
cerning, 2x2 

Roper-Curzon, Hon. S. C H., bio- 
graphical note on, 292 

Rose, Mr., enclosure by, 85, 86. 340 

Rating case, 82 ; to be on full rent, 83 

Royal Society elect Dr. Miles a membor, 

Sacramental alms (X783-X784), 83 

St. Augustine's Klission Church, 335, 

St Marie Overie, manor and advowson 

given to, 3. 2X ; serves the church as 

a vicarage, 23 ; receives a pension 

from the Rectory, 24 
St. Nicholas, patron saint, account of, 


St Swithin's. Diet Rolls of. 2X 

St Thomas's Hospital, governors of, 
note concerning, 337 

Salmond, note from, 339 

Salvador, gives land for roads and takes 
waste, 71 ; enclosure by, 59 ; -house 
academy (illustrated), xxii 

Sares. Edmund, gift of, distributed, i6x 

Saye and Sele, Lord, note from. 339 

Schedule of books in possession of the 
Vestry Clerk, X25 

Scholarships in Elementary Schools. 
See Educational Charities 

School-hou«e minutes (X802-X824. X824- 
X851). See National Schools 

Schoolmasters and Mistresses to con- 
tribute towards a third service. 1x2 

Schools, National and Infant, excused 
rates. X43 

Scot and Lot, to pay, 66 

•• Scrivelsby, the Home of the Cham- 
pions." extract from, 5 

Scriven. Deputy, gift of, 190. 242 

Servers Court, definition of, 163 

Settlements, officers to be strict concern- 

ing, 72 ; petition concerning, 108, 

109 ; law of, 2x6 
Sewer ventilation, X52 
Sextons, list of. 330; first mentioned, 

z8x : duties of, 330 
Sheep, number allowed to be kept on 

the common, 6 
Shilling, Saxon, value of, 2 
Shorters, W., donation distributed, 50 ; 

gift of. 248 
Shoulder of Mutton Field, note concern- 
ing the rating of, 339 
Sidney Letters, extract from. 10 
Silver cup (or cover), sold, x66 
Smith, Henry, gift of, 46-49, 60, 82, x6x, 

167, 184-Z86, 240. 241 
Singers' books to be under the care of 

the beadle. 84 
South Sea stock, trustees of, 51, 52, 54, 

Southwark and Vauxhall Water Bill 

opposed, XS4 
Staves, purchase of, 84, 173 
Stocks, to be put in repair, 55, X67, 170 
Strolling beggars to be warned, 70 
Sunday Bea(Se, duties of, 329 ; list of, 

Supposed subterranean passage, 22 

Surgeon, to be paid if he cures his 

patient. 58 

Surrey and Sussex Roads, Trustees of, 


Surrey County Rate Office asks for 
details of assessment, X40. X42 

" Surrey Feet of Fines," 4, 337 

Surveyors of Highways. See Highway 

Swain, or Sweyne, owns the manor, i 

Tax-collector to find security, 85 

Thomas. R. G., owns the Manor. x8. 
X9 ; enclosure by, xxvi, 92 ; illus- 
trated, 1x4 ; promises to pay costs in 
his action, and to give ^xoo to the 
poor, 96 : desinss to refer matters to 
arbitration, 94 ; F. F., elected pastor 
of the dissenting congregation, 297 ; 
note from. 338 

Thompson. wTj., owns the Manor, 18 ; 
Court Baron of, x8 ; enclosure by, 

Times, The, advertisement of meeting 
in, X32 

Tithes, dispute as to the rating of, 73, 

Toclive, Bishop, confirms the gift of the 

Manor to St Marie Overie, 3. 22. 34 
Toogood family, emigration fund. 128 
Tools belonging to the parish, 2x4, 

Tooting Hall, xxvi ; illustration of. 257 ; 

green trust, 91 
Tooting, modes of spelling, xxx, 339 

378 The History of Tooting- Graveney. 

Town Pond, Mr. Lewis can clean at 

bis own expense, 58 
Traders' Tokens, description of, z6o 
Turnpike Trust, 104-106, izi 

Umbrella for use at funerals to be 
bought, 70, 81, 173 

Valuation of the parish, 129 

Vant, Mr. , desires to make a road from 
Vant Road to Churdi Lane, 149 

Vaults in parish church. See Church 

Venables, Alderman, biographj of, 99a 

Vestiy-derk to be appointed, 87, 136, 

, Z38 ; counsel's opinion as to dection, 

' 87 ; bond to be given bj, 88; election 

of. 88, 113, 196 : dismissal of, 127 ; 

duties of, 337 ; list of, 328 

Vestry (elected), first, 138 ; cost of first 
election, 140 ; meeting to be monthly, 
149; minute-books (1855-1887). 139- 
154 ; curtailment of powers of, 150 

Vestry Hall, purchase of, 149 ; care- 
taker appointed, 150, 153, 154; to 
be let for ** Quadrille parties." 152 

Vestry (Poor Law), books of (1709- 

1764)* 45-70; (1765-1789). 70^5; 
(1804-1819). 85-99; (i8i9-i8361, 99- 
123; (1836-1850), 123-132; (1850- 
1855), 132-139; minutes relating to 
the workhouse (i838-i84z), 277-279; 
not to spend more than ^20 without 
confirmation, 71, 260 ; room, lead 
stolen from, 78 

Vicar (sic), 96 

Village Green, trustees of, appointed, 
Qi ; conveyance, cost of, 214 

Villain, definition of, 2 

Virgate, definition of, 3 

Wandsworth Bench of Magistrates, 
letter from clerk of, 105 ; District 
Board take over roads on common, 

Waraker, J. T., biography, 29a ; invited 
to the pastorate ofthe Congregational 
Church, 297 

Watch-boK sold, 179 

Water supply, 349 ; complatnts of ac- 
cumulation on thie commoo, 98 ; poor- 
house labour suggested to remore. 
99 ; courses in Ganatt Lane to be 
altered, zio ; mark 00 ptper of index 
inserted in Vestry Book, 99 ; veli in 
Broadway objected to, izi 

Wauverton s enclosure, zz. zs 

Weights and scales, parish, 52, 73. 173. 

Wet weather prevents Snndaj serrioe, 

White's endosnre, Z54 ; legacy, 237 

Wkiropp's endosore, 9 

Williamson's assessment appeal, Z36 

Wilmott enclosure, Z7 

Wilson, Mr., declines to act as cfaorch- 
warden. Z04 ; enclosure by, zio 

Wilton, SamL, D.D., biogiaphj, 99a; 
works of, 293 

WombiU. Wm. . biography, 993 ; boose, 
zxvii ; illustrated, 294 

Workhouse, history of the. 257-979; 
system. 258 ; women with iUegitimate 
diildren to wear disunctive dress, 
273; aocounU of (Z824-Z837J. 901-903; 
illustration of, 957 ; spedncation of 
969 ; offers to farm the poor in the, 
970 ; committee of management ap- 
pointed, 97Z ; fixtures of, to be valued. 
Z94 ; inmates complain of bad rations. 
979 ; cost of, 279 ; to be sold or let. 
977 ; votes for and against sale of. 
978 ; shopkeepers to have turns in 
serving, 964 ; iimiates to pay over 
two-thirds of their earnings, 973: 
men from, to perambulate the roads 
and move on vagrants, 974 ; to sweep 
crossings, 974 ; barrow stolen, 973 ; 
allowance to adults reduced, 975: 
committee minute-book (z8z4-i8a4), 
973. 974 ; Christinas contracts for, 
975 ; churchwardens to band orer 
conveyance to the guardians, 977 

Works consalted, zix 

Woriedg endosure, za 


{Tooting-Grmitnty, unless etkervrise deseriied.) 

Mr. E. Aldous, High Sirert. 

Mr. A. H. Anderson, 46, Longley Road. 

Mr. Chas. Aulee, " Comhmanin," Upi-er Tooting. 

Mrs. Aubert, 184, Albion Road, Stoke NewingtoD. 

Dr. Aulad, Defoe Road. 

Mr. John Avery, C.A., 63, Windsor Road, Forest Gate. 

Rev, H. I. Babington, Lindum Villas. 

Mr. G. H. Bailer, Vane Road. 

Mr. J. Percy Baker, Mus.Bac. DuHtlm, A.R.A.M., 16, Vant Road. 

Mr. Jas. Bdrringer, Defoe Road. 

The Right Hon. Lord Bateman, " Shobdon Court," Herefordshire. 

The Ritiht Hon. Lord Ballersea, "Surrey House,' W. 

Battersea Public Librarjr (per Mr. Lawrence Jnluter). 

Mr. S. Beartnan, Trcvelyan Road. 

Mr. J. H. Beckett, Bickerstetb Road. 

Mr. A. B. C. Bellamy, Vestry Offices, Streatham. 

Mr. Berger, Sellingcourt Road. 

Mt. J. W. Berrie, " Kilmarnock," Longley Road, 

Sir Walter Besant, Kt., 4, Soho Square, W. 

Mr. W. Belhell, " Rose Park,' Hull. 

Ur. S. E. Biigh, Menon Road. 

Mrs. Britton, High Street. 

Mr. W. P. Brown, "Woodside," Merlon. 

Mr. C. Buiier, Charterhouse Street, E.C. 

" Church House" Library, Aldis Street. 

Mr. Joseph ClaytOD, " Amoll Lodge." 

Mr. E. Coleman, "Crofton," Mitcham Road. 

380 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Mr. J. Coleman, Tottenham. 

Conservative and Unionist Club, Mitcham Road (per Mr. J. Creasy, 

Mr. A. J. Cove, Hatton Garden. 
Mr. J. Cusden, Merton Road. 

Rev. W. R. Daine, Sl Stythians, Cornwall 

Mrs. Daun, Copse Hill, Wimbledon (2 copies). 

Miss Davis, Field House, Merton Road. 

CoL Amoll Davis, Marlborough Buildings, Bath. 

Mr. C. H. Devereux, Vant Road. 

Alderman W. H. Dickinson, L.C.C., 19, Campden Hill Road. 

Mr. T. H. Dinsdale, "The Ingle." 

Mr. W. Downing, 5, Temple Row, Birmingham. 

Mr. £. Elliott, 3, Magdalen Terrace, St. Leonards. 

Mr. Joseph Farmaner, Perth House. 

Mr. H. T. Field, 13, Longley Road. 

Mr. J. £. Fisher, Defoe Road. 

Mr. S. T. Fisher, The Grove, Tooting-Bec Common (2 copies). 

Rev. G. Sutton Flack, M.A., 47, Queen's Gate Mansions, S.W. 

Mr. James Foster, York House, Mitcham Road. 

Mrs. Chas. Fowls, *' Bacton," 45, Martell Road, West Dulwich. 

Mr. R. C. Franks, Tooting Lodge. 

Mr. A. W. Gadesden, F.S.A., Ewell Castle, Surrey. 

Mr. C. H. Gorringe, CoUingwood Villas. 

Mr. J. Arnold Green, Northcourt, Mount Ephraim Road, Streatham. 

Guildhall Library, E.C. (per Mr. Chas. Welsh, F.S.A., Librarian). 

Mr. A. E. Hayne, Broadway. 

Mr. J. H. Heygate, Madeira Road, Streatham. 

Mr. W. Hill 3, Trevelyan Road. 

Mr. James Hilton, F.S.A., 60, Montagu Square. 

Mr. Edw. Horsey, Tooting Junction. 

Mr. Robt. Hovenden, F.S.A., " Heathcote," Park Hill Road, Croydon. 

Mr. Sydney Humphries, Snow Hill, E.C. 

Mr. J. Hunt, Bridge House, Mitcham Road. 

Mr. H. A. Hurdle, A.R.A.M., 7, Gloucester Terrace, Weymouth. 

Mr. G. H. Johnson, 2, Defoe Road. 

Mr. W. Guy Johnson, F.R. Hist. Soc., 30, Charing Cross. 

Rev. E. A. Kempson, M.A., The Vicarage, Merton. 
Mr. Hy. Kimber, M.P., House of Commons, S.W. 

List of Subscribers. 38 1 

Mr. S. E. Lambert, " Belcot," Longley Road. 

Mr. Arthur Hy. Lock, Gersey Down, Tatsfield. 

Dr. G. B. Longstaff, L.C.C., " Highlands," Putney Heath. 

Miss Lord, " The Lodge," Mitcham Road. 

Mr. R. Macbeth, Fountain Road. 

Mr. J. P. Martin, Merton Road. 

Mr. Mark Mayhew, " Scio," Putney Heath. 

Mr. £. T. McGowan, Kenley, Surrey. 

Mr. W. P. Mellhuish, " Gotham," Garratt Lane. 

Mr. Metson, Lucien Road. 

Miss Rosie Milton, Longley Road. 

Mr. £. Morden, 94, High Road, Lee. 

Mrs. W. £. Morden, Lindum Villas (2 copies). 

Rev. Edward Howard Morton, M.A., Bournemouth. 

Rev. Evelyn Howard Morton, M.A., The Rectory. 

Mr. A. Neale, 60, Boundary Road, N.W. 
Gapt. Newton, Hamilton Villas, Heme Hill. 

Mr. E. A. Packer, i, Wilton Villas, Wilton Road, Merton. 
Mr. John Perry, Broadway. 

Mr. G. H. Pike, Green Dragon Lane, Winchmore Hill. 
Mr. G. E. Plumstead, Savings Bank Department, G.P.O. 

Mr. John Ramage, 27, Gonyers Road, Streatham. 
Mr. W. G. Rhoades, Annandale, Longley Road. 
Mr. James Robertson, Broadway. 
Mr. J. B. Robinson, 10, Defoe Road. 

Mr. S. J. Sandle, " Aldersydc," Holmwood Road, Bromley. 

Mr. H. J. Schneider, Finborough Road. 

Mr. Edmund Seale, Norwood Road, S.E. 

Sir Ghas. Seely, Bart., Sherwood Lodge, Nottingham. 

Rev. Prof. H. C. Shuttlewortb, M.A., St. Nicholas Cole Abbey 

Rectory, E C. 
Mr. Wilfred Smith, 17, Oval Road, Regent's Park. 
Mr. Mill Stephenson, B.A., F.S.A., 14, Ritherdon Road, Upper 

Mr. V. A. J. Stevenson, 115, Palace Road, Tulse Hill Park. 
Mr. G. E. S to well, Hereford Lodge, Mitcham Road. 
St. PauKs Gathedral Library (per the late Rev. Ganon W. Sparrow 

Simpson, D.D.). 
Streatham Library Commissioners (per Mr. T. Everett). 

382 The History of Tooting-Graveney. 

Mr. W. H. Tickell, Blessington Road, Lee. 

Mr. £. A. Webb, Cookham Dene, Chislehurst. 

Rev. W. W. White, M.A., The Parsonage, Langholm, N.B. 

Mr. C. C. Willson, Finborough Road. 

Rev. H. W. Wombill, Wantage. 

Mr. Sidney R. Wombill, Avon Lodge, Mitcham Road. 

Mr. George Worley, i, Lome Villas, Priory Road, South Lambeth. 

Mr. Sidney Young, F.S.A., Southampton Road, W.C. 






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